3 Rajasthan Cities Win Top Slots In Railways' Cleanliness Survey
The top slots in the railways' cleanliness survey 2019 are occupied by three Rajasthan cities while no city in the national capital region (NCR) has found a spot in the list of top 10.
Unveiled by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on October 2, 2019, the survey showed Jaipur, Jodhpur and Durgapura as the top rankers in a list of 720 stations. The occasion also markets the 150th birth anniversary of father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
In the national capital, Anand Vihar Terminal stood 26, New Delhi 165 and Hazrat Nizamuddin 241 in the list. While Sadar Bazar was among the last in the list of clean stations, Delhi Cantonment, Delhi Junction and Shahadra were ranked 389, 390 and 378, respectively.
Among the 109 suburban stations that were part of the assessment, Andheri, Virar and Naigaon were the top three.
The North Western Railway, which covers a route length of more than 5,761 km across parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana, topped the list of zones, followed by the South East Central Railway and the East Central Railway.
The railways have been conducting third-party audit and cleanliness ranking of 407 major stations annually since 2016. This year, the survey was expanded to include 720 stations and suburban stations were also included for the first time.
Evaluation of green efforts has also been added to the report.
In the station cleanliness survey, it was found that among the non-suburban stations, two per cent have scored above 90 per cent of the total score whereas five per cent stations scored below 50 per cent. Among the suburban stations, four per cent of the stations scored within the range of 70 per cent to 80 per cent, whereas 14 per cent stations scored 50 per cent.
The survey also found that out of 720 stations, 25 per cent had provision for water conservation, 18 per cent of them had mechanism for rainwater harvesting and nine per cent had provision for water reuse.
Only two per cent stations had green certification while 29 per cent had provision for on-site renewable energy using solar panels. The survey also revealed that 66 per cent of the stations were using LED bulbs.
Four stations of the southern railway ─ Perungalathur, Guduvanchari, Singaperumalkoil, Ottapallam ─ were at the bottom of the rankings. Non-suburban stations Faizabad and Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh have shown the most improvement from last year.
With inputs from Housing news