Jodhpur Cleanest Railway Station, Anand Vihar In Top 5
If the annual cleanliness assessment report is to be believed, Anand Vihar railway station in New Delhi ranks fifth while the New Delhi Railway Station stands at the 39th position. The first position is held by Jodhpur in A1 category and Marwar in A category, both in Rajasthan. Also, the Pink City ranks second while Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh was placed at number three in A1 category. Phulera in Rajasthan and Warangal in Telangana were at number two and three in the A category.
Last year, the top positions were held by Vishakhapatnam, Secunderabad and Jammu in A1 Category A1 while Beas, Khammam and Ahmednagar in Category A.
The Clean Assessment Study is conducted by the Quality Council of India as a part of sanitation drive. Nearly 407 railway stations participated in the survey. The stations were divided into two categories, based on the revenue generation and footfalls. Around 75 stations participated in A1 category and 332 in A category. Apart from railway stations, soon 200 trains will be rated to find the ‘cleanest train’.
The parameters adopted for conducting the survey were 'evaluation of the process of cleanliness in parking, main entry area, main platform, waiting room, direct observation by QCI assessors of cleanliness and passenger feedback, with each of the parameters carrying 33.33 per cent.
The Ministry of Railway has also started Swachh Rail Portal where latest cleanliness rankings are updated to showcase cleanliness rankings of various stations.
Travellers’ choice is a little different
It was in January this year, when one of the travel apps, Ixigo came out with the ratings on the basis of cleanliness, ranked by the travellers. While Kozhikode Railway Station (Kerala) ranked at the first position, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station (Delhi) was given the lowest rating. Other stations that ranked at the top were Hubli and Davangere in Karnataka, Dhanbad in Jharkhand, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, Vadodara and Rajkot junctions in Gujarat, Falna in Rajasthan and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.
Some of the stations that received the lowest ratings by travellers include Varanasi and Mathura junctions in Uttar Pradesh, Ajmer in Rajasthan, Bhusaval in Maharashtra and Gaya in Bihar.
The portal, ixigo, which works closely with the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) to facilitate train-ticket bookings for over seven million users on its app, aggregated the data from them to provide the cleanliness ratings.
The Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani has been rated the cleanest train, while the Karnataka Express got the lowest ratings for the same, data show.
In a similar study on cleanliness conducted by the Indian Railways, which was released in 2017, most stations from the south had found a place in the "best" list.
The cleanest station last year was Beas on the Jalandhar-Amritsar section of the Northern Railway's Firozpur Division. It was followed by Vishakhapatnam and Khammam both in Telangana.
With inputs from Housing News