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Blog Entry# 1062699
Posted: Apr 18 2014 (18:33)

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Apr 18 2014 (17:19)   Trash greets passengers at Chennai Central

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The city's busiest railway station continues to stink. Garbage is left to pile up on platforms where bins are overflowing. It looks like Chennai Central gets a clean-up only if a VIP is visiting.
Being the biggest gateway to the city, and one of the most prominent landmarks, the 142-year-old railway station is turning repulsive for passengers and passersby. Every platform has at least one spot where bins overflow with garbage. Platforms 2, 4 and 6 were found unclean and littered with waste on Thursday. "It is usual to see garbage at the station. We have reached a point where we can no longer imagine a clean platform. Poor waste management has been an issue for years," said Prerana Ramkumar, a frequent
traveller between Chennai and Bangalore.
Rotten food waste is scattered on the platforms making it inconvenient for passengers who disembark from trains in the morning. The leftovers attract rodents, flies and crows and pose a health hazard to people who use the station. Platform 6 had three spots where mostly plastic waste - leftovers from food parcels - were piled up while platform 4 had used cardboard cartons dumped.
Residents who reach the station to receive friends and relatives feel that officials should take efforts to keep the platforms clean. "It is sad that such an appalling condition is the first thing one is forced to see after a long journey," said Nikhil Bohra, who arrived from Patna on Thursday.
"Garbage disposal at the railway station is not the sole responsibility of the health wing of railways. Public also have an equally important role to play in maintaining cleanliness. Though the cleaners put a lot of effort, people dispose waste wherever they please," said Bhaskar, a stall owner at the station.
A railway official blamed the shoddy work by the mechanical department which has to clear garbage. "Its workers clear garbage from trains and dump them on platforms. Though waste is cleared from platforms, workers are not able to keep up with the pace at which they are dumped."

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