Daily cleaning at Metro stations lacking; commuters demand better maintenance

  • | Wednesday | 13th December, 2023

Pune: The lack of regular cleaning and growing filth in the citys Metro stations has prompted commuters to demand that the administration improve maintenance.Commuter Sanjay Shitole told TOI that taps in the toilet facility of Shivajinagar underground station are not functioning. The washroom was also very unclean. Shitoleraised a complaint through an online system, and highlighted the issue at the station managers office.However, eight days down the line, no repairs were done.Shitole said that the authorities concerned, including MahaMetro need to prioritize daily cleaning and maintenance in stations. These are not big blunders — but cannot be ignored either. We expect good facilities as part of the Metro experience, and it is the responsibility of the administration to maintain these standards, he pointed out.Sangram Patil, another Metro commuter, said cleaning at Pimpri station is not done properly. He said, Besides operation of trips on time, the authorities need to focus on amenities for commuters.Gautam Patil, who travels via Civil Court station, said he saw leaks on its roof a month after inauguration. Escalators here are out of service due to no maintenance, he said.MahaMetro said agencies have been appointed for daily cleaning at stations. Hemant Sonawane, executive director (PR), MahaMetro, said, We will beef up monitoring at stations. Station managers will be asked for regular reports.Another MahaMetro official said action will be taken if agencies fail to clean and maintain toilets.We also published the following articles recentlyCommute via underground Metro to Swargate by FebThe Vanaz Metro, operated by Maha Metro officials, is expected to extend its run from Civil Court to Swargate by February. The crucial work to lay tracks in two underground tunnels going from below the Mutha river has been completed. The underground track laying has progressed from Civil Court to ahead of the Kasba Peth station towards Mandai and will finally reach Swargate. Completion of Metro works till Swargate is important for regular commuters since it will connect to Pimpri Chinchwad areas as well.Cyclone blows away roof of Putlur railway stationCyclone Michaung damages Putlur railway station in Tiruvallur, exposing infrastructure vulnerability. Concerns raised about safety, lack of maintenance, and flawed ticket system. Thousands of people rely on the train services for commuting to work and visiting temples. Residents demand better facilities, including toilets, UTS, return ticket options, and a fourth platform for fast trains. Railway officials promise to rectify the damaged roof and plan to develop Putlur station along with Ambattur and Avadi stations. Construction of a foot-over bridge with a lift facility is also requested.Now, get subsidised food grains, onions, atta at government subsidised rates at Delhi Metro stationsThe central government plans to open retail stores at major metro stations in Delhi to provide subsidised kitchen essentials like onion, pulses, and atta to consumers. The first store will be located at Central Delhis Rajiv Chowk metro station, owned and operated by the National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India Ltd (NCCF). The initiative aims to address the issue of elevated prices of food essentials ahead of the general elections in 2024. If successful, the project will be extended to other cities with metro rail networks such as Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru.

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