NGT (National Green Tribunal) vide its order dated 22.01.2019 has asked Indian Railways to identify 5% of its 720 major station to prepare station wise Action Plan to maintain cleanliness. Guwahati station and Katihar station of NFR have been included in the list to make them “Eco Smart Station” as per environment standard “ISO-14001” laid down by BIS.Guwahati station has already received the ISO-14001certification. The basic requirement of ISO-14001 BIS certification are Maintaining cleanliness, proper disposal of solid waste, having pet bottle shredders, anti littering activities, water management, avoiding defecation along railway track, removal of encroachments, energy management, greenery and plantation, receiving comments/complaints of the public etc.
More and more stations will be covered under this project. As part of the initiatives, N.F. Railway authority will coordinate with Urban Local Bodies of various areas for solid and plastic waste management and might even consider banning use of plastic on railway stations. Water and Energy audit will be undertaken at regular interval. Moreover as per guidelines issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, Railway may also apply “Polluter Pays” principle to recover restoration cost of damage. Railway authority has been authorised to collect fine of Rs. 5,000/- from offenders by taking help of concerned police/GRP who continue to dump waste even after giving notice. Preparation of data and action plan are on for all the remaining major stations within one year for phase wise implementation. Cleanliness of platforms, railway tracks, residential areas are being kept clean to ensure that there are no public health hazards resulting from the degraded wastes in these areas. It is being ensured that effluent generated from washing of platforms & wagons do not seep into groundwater but recycled for use in irrigation, washing etc. Major railway stations will have their own website to receive grievance and suggestions from general passenger and public. Railways will also set up de-centralised Municipal solid Waste plants at identified locations in terms of MSW Rules, 2016. Railway will also coordinate with urban local bodies for solid and plastic wastes Management to assist them maintain and declare the city clean.