You don’t have pied piper, why not hire a ‘supari killers’ for the work coz why not!, and the Indian Railways are in touch with “contract killers” to eliminate hundreds of giant rodents that have dug tunnels under the platforms of the British-era Charbagh railway station in Lucknow.
Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Northern Railway – Lucknow) A K Sinha said to media outlet “A private company has been given the contract for Rs 4.76 lakh to kill the rats, which have caused extensive damage to railway property, government files and passenger goods ,The contract is for one year and work is likely to begin by this month-end”
The rat-killing team will cover the circulating area, platforms, buildings and shunting yards cost nearly 40K per month. The company will prepare edible items to kill rats and the ingredients of these will be according to World Health Organisation (WHO) norms. The rat menace on platforms and in office buildings has caused a huge loss of Rs 10 lakh to vendors in the past year, the official said, adding this has not only frightened them but also passengers. Rats have torn luggage bags in cloak rooms too.
One can find rats weighing more than half-a-kg. The rats also nibble on packets of food and scamper away even before then can be shooed off, said a snacks vendor. Yes, rat infestation is quiet dangerous. The Charbagh station is one of the two main railway stations of Lucknow city for broad gauge trains. It derives its name from the words ‘Char Bagh’ — or four gardens — which existed earlier. Char bagh one of the busiest railway stations in the country with over 85 passenger trains originating from here and more than 300 trains passing through the station for cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu Tawi, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Pune, Jaipur and Bhopal.