GUWAHATI, June 20 � The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has called upon commuters and general public to adhere to the rules and regulations relating to cleanliness at railway properties and premises and added that violation of rules will invite penalties.
NFR PRO Nripen Bhattacharya said that a fine of up to Rs 500 is liable to be imposed on anybody found littering the railway premises including stations, platforms, circulating areas and the trains.
He said steps have been intensified to detect such cases and punish the guilty parties at all railway premises.
It is noteworthy that in 2013-14, over 18,700 such cases were detected by the NFR and fines totalling nearly Rs 19 lakh were imposed as penalty.
The official said that as per the Indian Railways (Penalties for Activities Affecting Cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules 2012 no person is allowed to throw litter in �any occupied or unoccupied railway premises or carriages� except in authorized places.
�However, it has come to our notice that many such illegal activities are carried out deliberately or unknowingly and we are committed to crack down on such incidents. We also seek the cooperation of the general public in fighting the menace,� he said.
Steps have also been taken against defacing of walls where posters or other writings have been unauthorizedly put up.
�As per the rules, hawkers and vendors will have to make necessary arrangements to keep containers of waste baskets for collecting litter and their proper disposal,� said the official.