[Indian Bureaucracy]: Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways released the Third Party Audit Report on Station Cleanliness and inaugurated Swachh Rail Portal. As per the report, Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Beas in Punjab is the Cleanest Station in A1, A Category Stations Respectively. Khammam station Comes 2nd Rank in Station Cleanliness in A Category from 285 Rank previous year.
Shri Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways was specially present to grace the occasion. A K Mital, Chairman, Railway Board; Ravindra Gupta, Member Rolling Stock; Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Quality Council of India and other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion. AK Tewari, Adviser Environment & Housekeeping Management conducted the proceedings.
Minister of Railways dedicated a “Swachh Rail Portal” to showcase rankings of stations and trains, methodology adopted for rankings and stations/trains specific dashboards. This web portal will also be leveraged to seek passenger feedback on cleanliness on a continual basis.
Speaking on the occasion, Prabhu said that Indian Railways started third party Cleanliness Index of Stations since last year. Railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at station. This index instills competitive spirit among the stations. The biggest challenge for cleanliness at the platforms is visitors along with the passengers, even the toilets are used by large number of visitors who are not Railway travellers. However, Railways have to move forward. The focus is on Platform cleanliness, coach cleanliness, toilets cleanliness in the coach & track cleanliness, he said.
“Railways have introduced Clean My Coach services which is getting overwhelming response of the passengers, Four green corridors have been marked which are free from discharge of human waste. I urge the municipal corporation of the cities which have encroachments to come forward and cooperate in eliminating human waste from the tracks. Vishakhapatnam has emerged as the winner in Cleanliness Index by securing Ist position in A1 category, Beas has emerged as Ist winner in A category station. Guwahati, Varanasi, Mughalsarai & Hazrat Nizamuddin Station have shown tremendous improvements, Lot of NGO’s, Students group have come forward to clean and beautify their stations. I thank & dedicate this achievement to the people in respective areas,” he added.
Top 10 A1 Category Stations
- Vishakhapatnam, East Coast Railway, Andhra Pradesh
- Secunderabad, South Central Railway, Telangana
- Jammu Tawi, Northern Railway, Jammu Kashmir
- Vijayawada, South Central Railway, Andhra Pradesh
- Anand Vihar Terminal, Northern Railway, Delhi
- Lucknow, Northern Railway, Uttar Pradesh
- Ahmedabad, Western Railway, Gujarat
- Jaipur, North Western Railway, Rajasthan
- Pune, Central Railway, Maharashtra
Bengaluru City, South Western Railway, Karnataka