Vizag billed the cleanest rail station

Passenger feedback factored into survey of parking, main entry and platform areas

Updated - May 18, 2017 07:20 am IST

Published - May 18, 2017 07:19 am IST - New Delhi

Spick and span:  Sanitary workers work round the clock to  keep the Visakhapatnam railway station clean.

Spick and span: Sanitary workers work round the clock to keep the Visakhapatnam railway station clean.

The Visakhapatnam railway station is the cleanest, followed by Secunderabad and Jammu Tawi, among the 75 major stations in the country.

The findings are a part of a third party survey on station cleanliness carried out by the Quality Control of India (QCI) and released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here on Wednesday.

The railway station in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi is placed in the 14th position in A1 category stations (as their yearly revenue is more than ₹50 crore).

The dirtiest

Darbhanga in Bihar is the dirtiest among these major stations classified as A1.

In the national capital, while Anand Vihar Terminal ranked 5th, New Delhi was ranked 39th among the major stations. Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Pune (Maharashtra) and Bangalore City (Karnataka) featured in the top 10 list.

In the A category (those earning between ₹6 crore and ₹50 crore in annual passenger revenue), Beas in Punjab secured the top spot, followed by Khammam (Telangana) and Ahmednagar (Maharashtra).

Two more stations in Telangana — Mancherial and Warangal — were among the 10 cleanest in this category.

Durgapur in West Bengal and Badnera in Maharashtra were not far behind in the most clean list.

The QCI evaluated cleanliness at 407 railway stations’ parking, main entry area, main platform and waiting room. Passenger feedback was also factored in. A round-the-clock control room was set up and images were geo-tagged to monitor the progress, according to the Indian Railways.

The survey is part of its ‘Swachh Rail’ campaign.

“We want all stations to be clean. There are many stations which have improved their cleanliness ranking from last time,” Mr. Prabhu said.

( With PTI inputs)

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