Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a National Campaign, was launched by the Government of India, to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country. The campaign was officially launched on 2nd
October, 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi to mark the 145th birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself cleaned the roads.
As a part of the movement, the Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Maharashtra State Universities Shri C. Vidyasagar appealed to educational institutions to adopt Railway Stations for cleanliness. Local trains being the lifeline of majority of Mumbaikars, cleanliness at Railway Stations is the need of the hour.
We, at Vidyalankar, liked the idea and as a Group of Educational Institutions made a formal request to the Governor of Maharashtra and General Manager (C.R) for adoption of Wadala Railway Station for cleanliness and overall Infrastructure development.
On July 25th 2015 the Vidyalankar Group embarked on this mission.
On 25th July 2015, 100 enthusiastic student volunteers and teachers rallied till Wadala railway station with informative placards to participate in the inaugural of Vidyalankar’s initiative. In addition to this, our students performed a Flash Mob at the Wadala railway station. This launch attracted the enthusiasm and attention of residents and commuters alike.
Vidyalankar was committed to undertake ongoing activities to improve the ambience and safety standards of the station. Some of the activities undertaken are listed below:
Cleaning of platforms
Cleaning of foot over bridge
Cleaning of ticket counter
Generating awareness about cleanliness through the display of informative placards
Preventing passengers from crossing tracks by encouraging them to use the foot over bridge
Conducting training sessions on communication skills and stress management for railway staff
Painting and beautification of walls and ticket counter area
Painting of foot over bridge
Providing furniture at station manager office and ticket counters
Pasting safety stickers on foot on bridge staircase
Installing cleanliness awareness and popular landmark signages
This attempt from Vidyalankar to contribute towards a social cause has been an enriching experience for us, following the dictum of Mahatma Gandhi who rightly said "Be the change you want to see in the world".