In the Third Party Audit Report on Station Cleanliness released by Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Beas in Punjab have been rated as the Cleanest Station in A1, A Category Stations Respectively. Khammam station stood 2nd in Station Cleanliness in A Category from 285 Rank attained last Year.
South East Central has become the Cleanest Railway Zone.
The minister also inaugurated a “SWACHH RAIL PORTAL” to showcase rankings of stations and trains, methodology adopted for rankings and stations/trains specific dashboards. This web portal http://www.railswachh.in will also be leveraged to seek passenger feedback on cleanliness on a continual basis.
This is the third survey conducted in line with the ministry’s ‘Swacchh Rail’ campaign. The survey, conducted by the Quality Council of India, was based on criteria such as toilets on platforms, management of tracks and dustbins, reported news agency PTI.
The parameters adopted for conducting the survey are:
Evaluation of Process of cleanliness in Parking, main entry area, main platform, waiting room,(33.33%) direct observation by QCI assessors of cleanliness in these areas (33.33%) and passenger feedback(33.33%). A 24×7 control room was set up and images were geo-tagged to monitor the progress.
Railway stations are categorised — A1, A, B, C, D, E and F — based on their annual passenger revenue by the ministry. As reported by PTI, the classification goes as follows:
1. The stations that contribute over Rs 50 crore – ‘A1’ category
2. The stations that contribute between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore – ‘A’ category
3. All suburban stations – C category
4. All halts – F category
There are 75 stations listed under the ‘A1’ category, while there are 332 under the ‘A’ category. Among the ‘A’ category stations, Beas railway station in Punjab was rated the cleanest followed by Khammam located in Telangana. Jogbani in Bihar was the dirtiest in the A category.
New Delhi station was ranked 39, while Nizamuddin and Old Delhi stations were placed at the 23th and 24th position respectively. Secunderabad, South Central Railway, Telangana was the second cleanest stations in A1 category.
Lucknow Junction, UP was in the sixth spot in the A1 category. However, Charbagh railway station—also known as the Pride of Lucknow—couldn’t be seen even in the top 20 cleanest stations. It stood 57th in terms of cleanliness. Varanasi (14th) and Mugalsarai (22nd) stations of Northern Railway have improved their rankings respectively. Gorakhpur station of North Easten railway has achieved 12th position.
The survey was conducted through interviews with respondents on the questionnaire on cleanliness indicators, which was done face to face by survey teams by visiting each of the 407 stations across 16 Zonal Railways. Every passenger was asked to rate the cleanliness of stations objectively on 40 different cleanliness parameters.
Purely based on the survey on the cleanliness of stations and the analysis thereof, 407 major stations have been given rankings in this Report submitted by the survey agency to Ministry of Railways for scrutiny and further action.
(Inputs from Press Information Bureau, GOI)