NGO cleaning stations once a month finds a mention in rail budget

Since October last year, an army of volunteers from Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation armed with brooms and pans descend on Mumbai Central, CST and Dadar stations once a month to clean up. On Thursday, their voluntary work was in the spotlight when Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu started his speech with a mention of their work.

Mr Prabhu spoke about his visit to Mumbai Central where he saw some women cleaning the station. One of them came to him and thanked him for allowing the NGO she was associated with to adopt the station. Central Railway officials said he was referring to Sant Nirankari Mission.

Speaking to The Hindu, officials of the charity said they had 20,000 volunteers across the country cleaning stations once a month. “We began on October 2, 2015 at the launch of the Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat initiative,” said Praveen Chhabra of Sant Nirankari Mission. He said the NGO had adopted three stations in Mumbai and 1,000 volunteers participate in cleaning each station.