Here are the top ten cleanest stations in the A1, A and railway zone.
The survey was carried out for 407 stations, out of which 75 are in the A-1 category or busiest stations and 332 are in the A category.
Suresh Prabhu said, "Indian Railways started third party cleanliness index of stations past year and railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at stations".
As per the third party audit report on station cleanliness that was released by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday, the South Central Railway (SCR) was ranked No 4 in the top 16 cleanest railway zones in Indian Railways. The stations which contribute more than Rs 50 crore a year in passenger revenue are considered to be A-1 stations.
The Beas station was the cleanest, followed by Khammam, in the A category.
Vishakhapatnam topped the list as the cleanest railway station in the country while Darbhanga in Bihar was the dirtiest station as per the survey. It is being done to keep the rail premises clean, as part of the "Swachh Rail" campaign. "But the higher footfall there when compared with Anand Vihar is one reason why the cleanliness levels there are slightly below other stations in Delhi. There are many stations which have improved their cleanliness ranking from last time", Prabhu said after releasing the survey report. There is, however, one silver lining for the city: Bandra station which was ranked 60th past year has jumped to the 15th spot. There was also a category ranking (based on seven revenue segments that railway stations in India are divided into), in which Bandra Terminus secured the 15th spot among 75 stations (A1 category; station generates annual passenger revenue of above Rs 50 crore), up from the 60th place finish in the 2016 survey.As for Mumbai's other major stations, CST's overall rank has dropped from 129 to 153 and A1category rank from 30 to 44.
Railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at station. Darbhanga and Jogbani in Bihar were the dirtiest in the two sections, according to a survey by Quality Council of India.
He said the biggest challenge for cleanliness on platforms were visitors and passengers.
The railways will now carry out a cleanliness survey of 200 trains.
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