Jodhpur and Marwar emerge at the top of cleanest railway station ranking in a recent cleanliness survey conducted by a third party, Quality Council of India (QCI) for the Ministry of Railways.
As per the survey reports, Rajasthan is unbeaten in the implementation of Swach Rail Swach Bharat campaign as eight of its stations are in top ranking. Followed by Jodhpur, Jaipur is at number two and Tirupati at number three in the A1 category. In the 2017 ranking, these three railway stations were at 17th, 18th, and 19th spot respectively. While in the A category, Marwar railway station of Rajasthan topped the list, followed by Phulera station, also in Rajasthan and Warangal in Telangana. However, in the previous ranking, Mewar was at the 168th spot, while Phulera and Warangal were at 219th and 8th place, as reported by Economic Times
Releasing the survey report on Monday, August 13, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, “Jodhpur has emerged as the cleanest station in A1 station category, last year Vishakhapatnam was at the first spot.”
Northwestern railway topped the cleanest zone category
Talking about the cleanest zone category, he said “North Western Railways was at the eighth spot last year. This year it topped the list, that shows how the team has worked tremendously in last one year.”
As per the cleanest zone category, North Western Railways (NWR) topped the list out of 16 zones of Indian railways, whereas the South Central Railways (SCR) was declared the second cleanest zone and the East Coast Railways (ECR) got the third place, as reported by NDTV.
Railways have conducted a third party survey for assessment of cleanliness at railway stations. The survey covered 407 major railway stations that have generated large revenue for railways. These 407 stations are further divided into A1 and A categories, out of which 75 were in the A1 category and rested 332 in A category. This is the survey conducted by the railways to improve the standards of cleanliness and infrastructure in Indian Railways.
“During the last four years, sanitation coverage in the country, which was at 38% in 2014, has gone up to 83% in 2018. Nearly, seven crore toilets have been constructed in the last four years, which is a major accomplishment. Railways have been prioritising cleanliness, punctuality and catering services for the passengers. In the last four years, Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Campaign has witnessed tremendous improvement regarding cleanliness in waiting areas, platforms, trains, toilets, parking at the stations,” railway minister Piyush Goyal told The Hindustan Times.
In comparison to 2017 survey, there is 9% improvement in top 100 stations and 14% in the next 100 stations, 20% in 201-300 stations and 31% in 301-407 stations as per the official statement. According to the report, the average cleanliness of stations has gone up by 18%.
Mathura and Shahganj in Uttar Pradesh are the dirtiest stations
Mathura railway station was declared as the dirtiest station in the A1 category, whereas the Shahganj station in Uttar Pradesh is the dirtiest in A category. Last year’s top-ranked Vishakhapatnam slipped to the tenth position in this year’s cleanest station list. Mumbai central has slipped to 40th number from last year’s 27th.
The Logical Indian Take
The overall numbers show the good growth rate, but there is a long way to go to achieve standard measurements of infrastructure and cleanliness in Indian Railways. Citizens of the country should also become more responsible for their actions and cooperate to make Swach Rail Swach Bharat campaign a success.
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