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Rats, cockroaches on Mumbai-Kerala trains put Indian Railways in dock

May 6, 2011 - Mumbai

A Congress Party functionary in Mumbai has alerted Railway authorities to frequently seeing rats and cockroaches in long distance trains.

Guru Nair, Vice Chairman of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (Cultural Cell), told ANI over phone that he had forwarded letters to J.K. Saha, Executive Director (Public Grievances), Railway Board, and to Mr. Kulbhushan, General Manager, Central Railway, on the matter.

Mr. Nair said that in he had pointed out in his letters that both rats and cockroaches were found in the first and second AC compartments of the long distance trains between Mumbai and Kerala during recent journeys.

He said that when he was the fare that was demanded of him by the railway authorities, he was entitled to basic facilities such as cleanliness.

"If these creatures are free moving in the compartments what about hygienic condition the pantry cars have from where the food is supplied to the passengers especially the trains to South India (Kerala). All the coaches of Rajadhani, Mangala, Netravti, Kanyakumari Express, Garib Rath etc., are in a very pathetic condition. We pay high price for travel from Mumbai to Kerala and vice versa," Nair said.

He added: "It is high time, that the Railways should look into the pathetic condition of the coaches and services in the above mentioned trains."

Nair told ANI that the railway authorities have said that they will look into the issue at the earliest.


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