Indian Railways receives a lot of flak for its lack of cleanliness, however, it is one of the most vital service that connects India at affordable cost and available within reach to almost all citizens. It is worth noting that the Indian government has taken efforts to improve the cleanliness of stations and trains. As per a report published in 2007 by the Indian Railways, Chennai Central and Secunderabad were awarded 183 points out of a maximum of 300 for cleanliness, the highest in the country. Let us take a sneak peak into the two of the oldest and busiest railway stations of India.
The Chennai Central, earlier Madras Central is one of the most prominent landmarks of Chennai. The 142-year-old building was designed by architect George Harding that opened it in the year 1873. Chennai Central serves as a symbolic landmark for people in South India as this station served as the main gateway for all people who travelled to South India during the British times. About 350,000 passengers use the terminus every day. The entire complex has 15 platforms to handle long-distance trains with 3 platforms exclusively for suburban trains.