Surat, Beas cleanest railway stations in India: survey
As per the survey conducted by the Indian Railways across 407 stations- Surat is the cleanest railway station in the country, followed by Rajkot and Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) while Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh and Pune are among the dirtiest. The preliminary report of the survey which was released by rail minister Suresh Prabhu was based on feedback of around 1.34 lakh passengers.
About the Survey :
♦ The survey was conducted by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in January-February this year across each of the 407 stations that fall under 16 zones.
♦ The survey team interviewed every passenger and asked to rate the cleanliness of stations objectively on 40 different cleanliness parameters. It was part of Mr. Modi’s pet project ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan’.
♦ Of the 407 railway stations that were surveyed there were 75 A-1 stations and 332 A category stations. Around 40 per cent of all the stations surveyed fared ‘average’ in terms of cleanliness.
⇒ The survey results for A1 category are : Surat (1); Rajkot (2), Bilaspur Junction (3), Solapur (4), Mumbai Central (5), Chandigarh (6), Bhubaneswar (7), Vadodara (8), Madurai (9) and New Jalpaiguri (10).
⇒ The survey results for A category stations are : Beas (1), Gandhidham in Ahmedabad (2), Vasco-da-Gama (3), Jamnagar (4), Kumbakonam (5), Nasik Road (6), Salem Jn (7), Ankleshwar (8), Kathgodam (9), Kovilpatti (10).
⇒ Ten least clean stations : Shahganj, Ballia and Janghai (Uttar Pradesh), Madhubani and Bakhtiyarpur (Bihar) and Raichur (Karnataka) were among the 10 least clean stations.
The final report is expected to be submitted by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) shortly, which will include responses from railway staff and non-railway service providers. After the scrutiny of the final report, the ministry will take further action for improving the cleanliness standards at major stations .