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Hygiene in stations prime duty of railways: NGT

The National Green Tribunal has said that maintaining clean environment and hygiene on the stations and tracks is the prime duty of the railway authorities and it cannot shift the burden in this regard to any other department.

“The Tribunal can take judicial notice of the fact that waste spreading in the area is the rule and cleanliness is an exception. We reiterate that to maintain clean environment and hygiene on the stations and the railway tracks is the prime duty of the railway authorities. They cannot shift the burden to any other department in that regard.

“They have engaged contractors for cleaning of the stations and there can be no doubt in saying that all these contractors have failed to discharge their contractual and public obligation satisfactorily,” a bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, said.

The Tribunal’s observation came while perusing a report submitted by officials from the railways’ Delhi division, representatives from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, NDMC who travelled via train from New Delhi railway station to Badli.

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