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Railways forms task force to use idle space to generate extra revenue

Indian Railways to use of idle space on various Railway items for advertising, publicity and other purpose to generate additional revenues.

Indian Railways to use of idle space on various Railway items for advertising, publicity and other purpose to generate additional revenues.

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has directed to constitute a six-member task force to deliberate on the use of idle space on various Railway items for advertising, publicity and other purpose to generate additional revenues.

The Indian Railways has a lot of idle space in coaches, wagons, trains, railway stations, consumable items, utensils, beddings and others, which could be used for this purpose.

The six-member task force under the Chairmanship of Member Traffic, Railway Board, consists of Advisor, Finance (Railway Board), General Manger, Central Railway, Adviser, Infrastructure (Railway Board), Chairman-cum-Managing Director, RITES (Railway PSU) and Managing Director, IRCTC (Railway PSU).

RITES, again on the directions of Railway Minister, had undertaken a comprehensive study and submitted a concept note to the Railway Board to leverage these resources last week. This concept note will be an import input for the task force

The task force has been asked to submit its detailed report by December 26.

The Railway Minister has also issued directions for formulation of Integrated Policy on Cleanliness at the station, platforms and coaches.

This policy will ensure better and effective coordination among number of departments involved for providing cleanliness.

The sense of responsibility and accountability will also be clearly defined.

This integrated policy on cleanliness would clearly lay down the parameters and benchmarks for cleanliness. It would also lay down structures or procedures for garbage collection, garbage sorting and garbage disposal.

The Zonal Railways have also been directed to constitute a new department for house-keeping using the existing staff strength.

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