New Delhi,01.10.14-Delhi Metro will plant saplings and focus on cleanliness at its stations and surrounding areas as part of 'Clean and Green Delhi' drive in line with the nation-wide 'Swachh Bharat' campaign.

"As part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', DMRC will be undertaking a special 'Clean & Green Delhi' drive from October 2 onwards to work towards cleanliness and a better environment of all its installations and nearby surroundings," said DMRC Executive Director (Corporate Communications) Anuj Dayal.

During this cleanliness drive, Delhi Metro will involve its entire staff and stakeholders like CISF, housekeeping agencies, parking contractors, facilitation staff.

"Beginning from October 2, all 147 Metro stations, eight train maintenance depots and seven DMRC colonies will be cleaned and plantation of approximately 1,500 fruit trees will be undertaken along Yamuna Bank and in different Metro colonies," Dayal said.

The fruit trees to be planted include saplings of Jamun, Imli, Amla, Bel and others.

"All 7,895 Delhi Metro staff will be educated for sanitation and hygiene along with 3,000 cleaning (housekeeping) staff posted at different stations and depots. Regular fogging will be done at all major interchange Metro stations, eight depots and seven Metro colonies," Dayal added.

Delhi Metro will also take necessary action against anyone found defacing Metro properties during this period and FIRs may be lodged as per legal provisions, if required, he said.

Dayal said DMRC is laying 'special attention' on the cleaning and disinfection of toilets and 155 sets of public toilets and 67 sets of staff toilets situated at different Metro stations and locations are being cleaned vigorously.

"Awareness on waste management will be carried out as per DMRC's policy on Waste Management - removal and disposal of waste and non-use of plastic. In this regard, DMRC has already earmarked few locations and the drive is already underway to clean up these areas," Dayal said , adding the cleaning of the bus stand area near Kashmere Gate Metro station is already in progress.

The DMRC 'Children's Home' at Tis Hazari and 'Old Age Shelter Home' at Govindpuri will also be spruced up before Diwali on October 23.

"Necessary provision of drinking water facility installations will be made during the period. DMRC has provided the facility of drinking water at 16 stations and the work for others stations are in progress," he said.

DMRC will conduct poster competitions among children of its colonies to make youth aware about the importance of cleanliness.