On Board Housekeeping Services Facilities in Kerala Trains

Published on: 02 Sep, 2013
Published under: Cochin District News, Ernakulam District News, Kerala Travel News

1 September 2013

Tired of complaining about untidy toilets, trash left behind in the train, or dirt and grime in a coach. The railways promises to change all that as it plans to implement the ‘On Board Housekeeping Services’ (OBHS) in select trains originating from the state for the first time.

“The OBHS will be introduced in mail and express trains starting from the division for the first time. This is as part of the efforts to raise the cleanliness rating from one star to three star. We’re preparing the list of trains which will be announced next week,” Divisional Railway Manager Rajesh Agarwal told DC.

Under the scheme, a team of cleaning workers has been hired by the railways to keep coach toilets, doorways, aisles and passenger coaches neat and clean during the journey from the originating to terminating stations.

However, the cash-strapped railways would incur substantial expenditure on OBHS scheme and hence it would be implemented on select popular trains like the Netravati Express.

The complaints of old and untidy coaches being used in trains running through the state were there for some time. However, the railway official said the situation has changed in the past two years. “Now we’ve better long-distance trains than those running in the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,’’ he said.

The OBHS scheme has laid down criterion such as nature of train service, journey time/period, pattern of maintenance etc. The scheme has so far been implemented in around 385 trains.

Source– http://www.deccanchronicle.com/

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