New Delhi: Just as flight attendants, railway catering staff will now carry trash bags to collect waste from passengers on all trains after meals, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has instructed officials. The Railways is increasingly adopting the airline model from its food to its vacuum toilets to give passengers airline-like comforts.
At a meeting with division-level officers and board members on July 17, Lohani had said that, to maintain cleanliness in trains, the pantry staff should collect trash in bags after meals were served, “as it’s done on airlines”.￼
Meal plates are usually kept under the seats by the passengers after they eat and pantry staff take away those by stacking one on top of the other. Sometimes, the leftover contents spill and fall onto the floor the coaches. Also, passengers keep such sundry items as banana peals, packets and other things on the berths and leave’ -Official, Railways
The new system
- Under this system, the pantry staff, just like the airlines, will carry a bag to every passenger who can put trays, plates or any other trash in it.
- By this practice, the need for a major clean-up before the aircraft is ready to seat the next set of passengers is minimised.
- On some airlines, on-board staffers carry trash bags to every passenger before landing of the flight to put the waste in those bags.
- On trains where there is no pantry car, on-board housekeeping staff will keep such trash bags. The bags will now be included in contracts with caterers.
(With inputs from PTI)