Maintained by passengers, this rail coach is setting an exampleThink Change India
The C3 compartment of the Panchavati Express celebrated its tenth anniversary last year. The 'Adarsh' or the ideal coach of the Panchavati express, that toggles between Nashik and Mumbai, is well known as it is maintained by its passengers. The coach allows only monthly season ticket holders to travel by it on a daily basis.
Apart from the regular cleaning by the railway staff, the coach is maintained by its passengers who don't think twice before picking up the broom and cleaning the floor or removing the cob webs. The coach is also free from any kind of plastic trash, has well-placed dust bins, and pest control happens very frequently. The coach is also equipped with a first-aid box, a diary with names and details of its regular passengers who get free services, assisting them not only with buying their monthly season tickets, but also with accident insurance cover, says a post by The Hindu.
Speaking about the experience, Bipin Gandhi, President of Rail Parishad, an NGO that took the onus to let Railways allow the passengers to indulge here says,
The Railway authorities use to laugh at me, but now I feel blessed that I have achieved my goal. There was a need of awareness among the passengers and I thought why not start with one coach?
Passengers who hold a first class season ticket are allowed in the train, and everyone has to succumb to the rules of the coach, says Snoozepost. The coach also does not encourage the use of mobile phones, alcohol consumption, tobacco and playing cards.
Gandhi further adds,
We don’t call them passengers, they are the members now. There are 400 ‘members’ currently, and on the
The train has seen many special occasions being hosted in the coach, such as birthdays and anniversaries. In 2013, a couple from Nashik even got married in the coach, making it the first-ever wedding to be commemorated in a train, and this made its way to the Limca Book of Records.
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