Mumbai, Jan 1 (Agencies): As part of its rodent-control measures on long distance trains, Western Railway (WR) has set up rat traps in rail coaches and caught 1,000 rats in nine months.

"WR set up rat traps and glue boards in every coach in four trains of -- Rajdhani and August Kranti Rajdhani on the Mumbai-Delhi route and on Shatabdi on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. In this exercise about 1,000 rats were caught between April to December this year," said Western Railway Chief PRO, Sharat Chandrayan.

Following passenger complaints, WR began the rodent-control measures in April 2010.

"The glue boards are kept inside cages beneath the berths. We keep more than four cages per coach. Rats get attracted into the trains by the smell of food and are so they are found in the coaches," Chandrayan said.
Also, WR intends at providing a safe and hygienic journey to its passengers, he said.

"Apart from regular cleaning work we have undertaken the pest control excercise. With all this measures in place we expect the number of rats getting caught to be low," Chandrayan said.