Monday, March 28, 2016
According to a survey conducted under the Swachchh Rail, Swachh Bharat Abiyan, Visakhapatnam has been ranked 42nd cleanest while Tirupati was ranked at 38 and Vijayawada at 45 in the A1 category. Secunderabad railway station stood at 23rd and topped all the station in Telugu speaking States while Hyderabad was ranked 47.
In all, 75 ‘A1’ and 332 ‘A’ category stations were ranked for cleanliness based on the passenger feedback. Passengers were asked to rate the stations on 40 parameters including infrastructure and outcomes connected with cleanliness. The survey was conducted by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation through questionnaire based interviews. Rankings – Cleanest Railway Stations
Among the 75 ‘A-1’ category railways stations, the station at Diamond City, Surat in the western state of Gujarat was ranked as the cleanest station in India. Rajkot, also in Gujarat was second. The third position went to one of the most important rail junctions in Chhattisgarh – Bilaspur. Next came two stations from Maharashtra – Solapur and Mumbai Central. Chandigarh Railway Junction from City Beautiful was ranked next and then came Bhubaneshwar in Odisha and Vadodara in Gujarat.
Among the 332 stations covered under the ‘A’ category, the cleanest station was Beas in Punjab. Jamnagar, one of the historic and cultural hubs of Gujarat, and Gandhidham, the economic capital of Kutch, (both from Gujarat) ranked next. The Prime Minister’s home state does seem to have made considerable strides in cleanliness index going by both ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ station rankings. Following Gandhidham, Vasco Da Gama station from the colourful coastal state of Goa was deemed cleanliest. The historic and regal city of Kumbakonam from Tamil Nadu is reported to have the next cleanest station. Following Kumbakonam, Nasik Road in Maharashtra found its place among the cleanest ‘A’ category train stations in the country.