Vizag cleanest of 75 most busy Railway Stations, Secunderabad the second-most; Darbhanga dirtiest in the country

According to the survey report released by Railway Minister, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Secunderabad in Telangana stood in first and second rankings in the latest Cleanliness Survey of top Railway stations in the country. All ‘A1’ Category Stations (stations with annual revenue of more than Rs 50 crore) in AP on the SCR found place in Top-20 Clean Stations. Jammu Tawi in J&K bagged the third place.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister for Railways, released Third Party Audit Report on Station Cleanliness and Inaugurated Swachh Rail Portal at New Delhi today i.e., 17th May, 2017. Secunderabad Station was declared as the 2nd Cleanest Station in ‘A1’ category stations and Khammam station as 2nd Cleanest Station in ‘A’ Category Railway Stations. South Central Railway is ranked at 4th position on Cleanest Railway Zone based on the average of total scores achieved by its ‘A1’ & ‘A’ Category Stations amongst 16 Zones on Indian Railways.

The survey was carried out by Quality Council of India. Similar survey will be done for 200 trains and was scrutinized by the Committee nominated by Railway Board. After committee’s report, the Survey Report was officially released by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Railway Board, New Delhi. Download full report here: Swachh Rail Report.

All the five ‘A1’ category Railway stations in Andhra Pradesh falling on the SCR and ECOR zonal railway jurisdictions i.e., Secunderabad, Vijayawada, Kacheguda, Hyderabad, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam found place in the list of top 20 Clean Staitons of Indian Railways. Vijayawada Railway station stood at 4th rank, Kacheguda Railway station at 11th rank, Hyderabad Railway station at 16th rank, Tirupati Railway station at 19th rank in ‘A1’ Category of Cleanest Railway Stations on Indian Railways. In ‘A’ Category Railway stations Mancheriyal stood at 5th, Warangal at 8th, Kazipet at 17th, Chirala at 25th and Nizamabad at 26th on Indian Railways.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways said that Indian Railways started third party Cleanliness Index of Stations since last year. Railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at station. This index instills competitive spirit among the stations. He said that lot of NGO’s, Students group have come forward to clean and beautify their stations. He also thanked & dedicated this achievement to the people in respective areas.

Bengaluru City station was placed 10th and Yeshwanthpur got 32nd ranking among AI category stations in Karnataka. Quality Control of India attached to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion conducted the survey in 407 railways stations (including 75 AI category and 332 A category stations). Separate rankings were given for A1 and A category stations, the minister said. Among A category stations (annual revenue between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore), Beas (Punjab) bagged first place, Khammam (Telangana) and Ahmadnagar (Maharashtra) secured second and third positions, respectively, while Mysuru was ranked 14th and Bangarpet 35th.

Under both categories, A1 and A, Darbhanga Junction and Jogbani, both in Bihar, were found the least clean (75th and 332nd place, respectively). In overall ranking of railway zones, the Bilaspur-headquartered South East Central Railway bagged first place, while Bhubaneswar-headquartered East Coast Railway took second place. The Hubli-headquartered South Western Railway got the sixth place. The survey considered cleanliness of parking area, toilets, vendor area, waiting rooms, main entrance, platforms and other areas, besides passengers’ feedback, the minister said.

The parameters adopted for conducting the rankings 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 progress. 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.

Minister of Railways dedicated a “SWACHH RAIL PORTAL” to showcase rankings of stations and trains, methodology adopted for rankings and stations/trains specific dashboards.  This web portal will also be leveraged to seek passenger feedback on cleanliness on a continual basis.