BERHAMPUR: The East Coast Railway, Khurdha Division, imposed a ban on spitting and smoking in Berhampur railway station on Saturday. Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Khurdha, Subhendu Kumar Choudhury said those found smoking and spitting inside the platform would be imposed a fine of `50.
Reviewing the cleanliness drive in Berhampur railway station and other ongoing construction works on Saturday, Choudhury said most passengers do not use the garbage bins and throw their wastes wherever they like. Similarly, some urinate in open and many chewing pan and gutka spit inside the station premises. For the last few days, the Railway officials have been promoting awareness among passengers to refrain from such practice and notice boards prohibiting such acts have been fixed in platforms.
Railway officials have been authorized to impose fine on violators, Choudhury added. “As our appeal has fallen on deaf ears, we decided to impose fine,” said Choudhury.
The repair works in the station after the damage caused by cyclonic storm Phailin last year are in final stages and in order to reduce the congestion at level crossings, the Railway has decided to construct low height sub-ways (LHSs) and over-bridges, Choudhury added.