This is in continuation with the letter titled “An Appeal To Railways” published in this column dated Dec. 8. I too had a similar experience while travelling from Mysuru to Hyderabad on train number 12786.
I am a frequent traveller in this train with my family and I book 2 tier AC. While boarding the train from Mysuru I saw small and medium sized rats roaming freely in the 2 tier AC coaches and also informed the concerned TT as well as the coach assistants who provide blankets, but both of them said its a common scene and I can raise a complaint online.
I raised the complaint through Clean my Coach website, when the train was near Srirangapatna. However, none of them came over to clean it even at Bengaluru (SBC) Station. I was pretty much disappointed and had no other option but to reach the destination Hyderabad.
Earlier I used to see that the coach used to get cleaned with the movement of train and they also clicked the photos after cleaning and asking the passengers within the coach to mention their PNR number and rate the cleaning experience. However, no such activity is being done now.
Furthermore, the dustbins are only cleaned at the terminating stations and hence I advise to clean them at important junctions to control pests. Hope the Railway authorities concerned will look into this problem and allow the passengers to have a peaceful journey while travelling from source to destination.
– A regular train traveller, Mysuru, 16.12.2022
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People always complain that railway coaches are not tidy. Ok agreed. Railway has a lot to improve on this aspect. But have you ever thought of how they become untidy? Passengers spill their food and drink in the coaches, on the seats, on the bed sheets. They damage electrical sockets. They use electric kettle and othe appliances on the sockets where only laptop/mobile chargers are supposed to be used. In metro trains food is not allowed inside. Do you know why? Because it is very difficult if not impossible to clean the food waste from trains. Trains contain many nooks and crannies where if food and dirt deposited it is very difficult to clean. That is why cockroaches and rats are infesting the coaches.
Do you know how much amount is being spent for cleaning the food waste and garbage, buying new bedsheets in lieu of those damaged by passengers, replacing electrical equipments etc. It is costing huge amounts to Railway. But again the general public will continue to blame Railway that there is no cleanliness, not making profit etc etc etc. So I request all passengers, act with civic sense, help Railway to be maintained tidily, and reduce expenditure on cleaning activities.
Now, a Japanese motor bike is commenting on the filthy state of Indian trains.
This @Honda is writing utter crap.
Hey @?Honda can you tell me through your limited brain power, why India has large cases of TB, POLIO, TYPHOID and other communicable diseases, and why it had a massive break out of bubonic plague, some 20+years ago.
There were rats in the scale described in the pied piper of Hamelin then!
Because, India is a massive garbage dump.
Indian trains are the breeding ground of cockroaches
Why, because of people like you, who post a smug reply. I bet, you do ALL things in you describe , YOURSELF AS YOU INDIANS ARE DISHONEST BUNCH.