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Railways changes deodoriser after minister complains of ‘peculiar’ odour

DELHI: Railway offices and trains will now smell like pine and lemon grass as Minister Piyush Goyal’s objection to the “unpleasant peculiar smell” there has prompted the railway board to change the deodoriser-cum- disinfectant used by the national carrier.

In a circular dated October 5, the railway board has said that the need to use better odour-cum-disinfectant fluids in railway offices and trains was stressed by the railway minister, reports PTI.

“The need for use of better odour-cum-disinfectant fluid, in place of phenolic type disinfectant fluid currently being used in railway offices and trains, to avoid unpleasant peculiar smell was stressed by Minister of Railways during meetings held on September 11 and October 3, 2017”, it said.

The circular also suggested that an alternative material deodorizing-cum-disinfectant fluid having some pure strained “absolute essential oil like pine, lemon grass or any other essential oil having pleasant odour”, which was being used in some sections of the railways, should be considered.

In the circular, the board said that it has decided that all fresh procurement of disinfectant should be of the alternative kind for all railway locations requiring such disinfectants.
So, railway offices, hospitals, stations, coaching depots and trains are likely to soon smell of pine and lemon grass.

The circular also stated that the procurement of the “peculiar” smelling disinfectant fluid should be discontinued.

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