‘Muck Trains’ clear 40,000 cubic metres of garbage from Mumbai train tracks

The Central Railway’s (CR) cleaning department has revealed that Mumbaikars dumped over 2000 truckloads additional garbage on local train tracks compared to the corresponding period last year.

Between March 23 to June 23 this year, CR collected around 40,000 cubic meters, which amounts to 3,400 truckloads of garbage, from the tracks between CSMT-Kalyan on Mainline, and, between CSMT -Mankhurd on the Harbor line).

Last year around 1400 truckloads of garbage were collected by the CR in the same period from the same section. Shalabh Goel, Divisional Railway Manager of Central Railways, Mumbai Division informed Mumbai Mirror that concerned municipal officials are being advised for controlling garbage dumping by providing garbage bins to residents and improving their garbage disposal mechanism.

Special ‘muck trains’ are being run regularly to clear the garbage. Through excavator machines, the ‘muck’ or liquid waste is lifted and dropped on the train. The railway staff also collects dry waste, including plastic which is sent to recycling facilities, whereas the wet waste is processed at the Deonar landfill, officials said.

Picture Credit: A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons)

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