Bollywood actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is dismayed at the state of sanitation in the Indian Railways and says the conditions demand immediate attention.
"Looking at the unhygienic state of our railway lines, it needs more attention from the Sanitation Ministry (Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation) than the Railways. It's a prime environment for mosquitoes to breed and it stretches across the length and breadth of the country," tweeted Farhan.
His comment comes at a time when thousands of people in the country are afflicted with dengue. Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra also recently died of dengue.
"The fact that, even in 2012, waste from train toilets falls directly onto the tracks is shameful! No reason this should continue," added the 38-year-old.
Farhan is the son of famed lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar, who is also a Rajya Sabha member.
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it's literally a nightmare, last winter we took a train to kashmir & there was no cleaning on the last day, food plates lie near the toilet doors, garbage was overflowing, toilets stink & we made a mistake to take the children too along so that they will also have fun, luckily we had planned to take the aerial route while returning
People not only throw stuff plus u find chewing gum stuck on seats and around and people eat pan and spit there..even in first ac class v find chips packets some times insects also and yes the toilets stinks..its so shamefull that till date no proper sanitation method for train in india is followed.therefore there is spread of diseased epidemics occur..it is nice of faranh to bring this issue forward hope the ministry focuses on proper sanitation with the help of engineers instead of doing corruption of crore and million rupees they must improve the living condition of Surrounding.
I sooo agree with Farhan on this issue!! Last time I went to India, I went on a trip in the south!! My god, it's so disgusting to ride on sleeping trains!! Our first train infested with cockroaches kept crawling around!! And a mouse running around!! I couldn't sleep knowing things were crawling around everywhere!! I felt suffocated!! And the toilets are disgusting too!! So dirty and everything falls on the tracks!! That's just nasty!! It was no wonder the train station smell sooo bad!! I'm never riding on a sleeping train in India ever again!! I'd rather take a plane to travel!! And garbage shouldn't be thrown on the ground
!! That's another issue that needs to be dealt with India!! What a horrifying image of garbage thrown everywhere!! :(
Edited on:30 October 2012 at 9:21pm
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