Western Railway launches ‘muck special’ train to collect garbage

Vastavam web: In a unique initiative, the Western Railway (WR) has launched a ‘muck special’ train on its Mumbai suburban section to transport garbage collected from the railway tracks, an official said Monday. The WR has modified a 25-year-old four-coach EMU rake for the purpose. “Living with ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat’ motto, a 25 year old four-coach EMU rake has been modified as a ‘Muck Special Train’ at Mahalaxmi workshop,” WR spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said Monday.

The rake includes two driving trailer coaches and as many motor coaches. “It has been modified in-house by removing seats, partitions, etc. The rake has been aesthetically painted with cleanliness slogans and images to convey the message of ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’,” he said. The garbage dumped along the tracks not only defaces the railways but also clogs the drainage lines, which ultimately leads to water-logging on tracks during monsoon.