New Delhi, Aug 14: Railway stations in Rajasthan are the cleanest in the country with Jodhpur topping the list of cleanest railway stations released by the Quality Council of India (QCI).
The survey was conducted by Quality Council Of India (QCI) which judged 407 A1 and A rated Railway stations.
The stations which generate an annual revenue of more than Rs 50 crore are rated as 'A1', while those generating between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore come under the 'A' category.
The ranks are calculated based on evaluation by assessors, passenger feedback, and direct observation. Each of the above parameters is given 33.33 per cent weight-age in the overall score. QCI thus judged various station facilities like waiting rooms, platforms, toilets, railway tracks, foot-overbridges and parking lot.
Releasing the report, Goyal suggested making the annual study a half-yearly exercise for bringing about greater competitiveness among the stations and ensuring a "test check" in maintaining cleanliness standards.
None of the major stations in the metros found a place in the top 10 list save for Anand Vihar in New Delhi which came in at fifth position.
The most clean railway stations in India
List of dirtiest railway stations in the A1 category:
1.Mathura (Uttar Pradesh)
3.Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)
5.Howrah (West Bengal)
List of dirtiest railway stations in the A category:
1.Shahganj (Uttar Pradesh)
3.Sasaram junction (Bihar)
4.New Farakka (West Bengal)
7.Adarsh Nagar Delhi
8.Sagauli junction (Bihar)
9.Nagercoil (Tamil Nadu)
Of late, the government is laying emphasis on the cleanliness of railway stations and trains. Numerous measures have been taken to improve the cleanliness at railway stations and inside the trains, including toilets which are now being converted into bio-toilets in a systematic manner.
As per policymakers in Railways, the survey showed improvement in overall cleanliness at stations. "...as compared to 2017, there is 9 per cent improvement in top 100 stations, 14 per cent in the next 100 stations, 20 per cent in 201-300 stations and 31 per cent in 301-407 stations," read the official statement.