Jodhpur Railway Station of Rajasthan, Emerge as India’s Cleanest Railway Station
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Jodhpur Railway Station Emerge as India’s Cleanest Railway Station

Two railway stations Jodhpur and Marwar railway station in Rajasthan were declared as India’s cleanest railway station in the third cleanliness survey. Railway minister Piyush Goyal said North Western Railway topped the list as the cleanest zone. The results of this Cleanliness Survey Report indicates that how Indian Railways is undergoing a massive transformation to serve the nation in a better way.

The third cleanliness survey ranking reports cover a total of 407 railway stations which include 75 stations in A1 and 332 stations in A category.

While Jodhpur railway Station beats other 406 major stations to emerge as India’s cleanest railway station. Jodhpur emerges as a topper in the A1 category of railway station followed by Rajasthan capital Jaipur and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh while Marwar in Rajasthan topped the list among A category railway stations, followed by Phulera in Rajasthan and Warangal in Telangana.

Releasing the Cleanliness Survey Report in the event, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed that “Jodhpur has emerged as the cleanest station in A1 station category. Last year, Visakhapatnam was at the first spot,” he said. Railway Board Members, Chairman, Quality Council of India & Senior Officials of Railway Board were specially present to grace the occasion.

Commenting on the report, Mr Goyal Said, “During the last 4 years, the sanitation coverage in the country which was 38% in 2014 has gone up to 83% in 2018. Nearly, 7 crore toilets have been constructed in the last 4 years, which is a major accomplishment.”

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In the ‘A’ category stations, Marwar in Rajasthan topped the list, followed by Phulera in Rajasthan at number two, and Warangal in Telangana at number three.

Rank Category A1 Category A
1 Jodhpur Marwar
2 Jaipur Phulera
3 Tirupati Warangal
4 Vijayawada Udaipur
5 Anand Vihar Terminal Jaisalmer
6 Secunderabad Jun Nizamabad
7 Bandra Barmer
8 Hyderabad Manchiryal
9 Bhubaneswar Mysore
10 Vishakhapatanam Bhilwara

Among 75 A1 category stations, Gwalior (73rd), Kalyan (74) and Mathura Junction (75) have been placed at the bottom of the rankings.

Sasaram Junction (330th), Phaphund (331st) and Shahganj (332nd)have been ranked dirtiest among 332 A category stations.

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While 10 zones have shown 10-20% improvement, “NWR 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,” Goyal said.

The South Central Railway (SCR) was declared the second cleanest zone. The SCR was at the fourth spot last year. The East Coast Railway (ECR) was placed at the third spot in the cleanest zones.

Goyal also said that the cleanliness rankings of the railway stations will not only be a reward for the stations that have performed well but will also be an impetus for further improvement for the ones that didn’t make it to the top rankings.

The railways have a ‘Swachh Rail Portal‘ to showcase cleanliness rankings of various stations. Indian Railways is the third largest rail network in the world, covering 66,000 km and having more than 8,000 stations.

Parameters Adopted in the Cleanest Railway Station Survey

  • Evaluation of Process of cleanliness in Parking
  • Waiting room
  • Main entry area
  • Main platform
  • Passenger Feedback
  • A 24×7 control room was set up and images were geo-tagged to monitor progress

Further, there was a direct observation by QCI assessors of cleanliness in these areas.

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