Gatiman Express – Let us make it responsible progress

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Darshit Shah, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

Gatiman Express has had its share of hoopla surrounding it. Touted as the fastest train of the country, Gatiman express, the semi-high speed train was flagged by Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on 5th April from Hazrat Nizzamudin to Agra Cant. However, what remains to be seen is would this train also meet the same fate as its contemporary Mahamana express.

Mahamana express was flagged by PM Narendra Modi from Varanasi to New Delhi. Within days of its service Mahamana express had changed from a swanky train to a stinky train. The train is equipped with dustbins, bio-toilets, charging points on each berth, LED indicators for reserved coaches and a lot more to offer. But people have rendered it in the filthy state with paper and garbage. Even the wash basins and other property have been vandalized. With the way we handle public property; do we really deserve development and progress?

We always expect the government, government officials and government employees to do their work sincerely and diligently. But when are we going to understand our responsibility as citizens of this country? Is not maintaining cleanliness our liability? If we maintain hygiene and cleanliness in our surroundings, it will be befitting our own good.

We always reprimand the authorities for not doing their job. But the next time before blaming the authorities, we should contemplate have we performed the duty as a citizen well? Before expecting the authorities to clean the garbage, dirt and waste, we should expect from ourselves to keep the surroundings clean.


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