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Railway station survey – Andhra’s Visakhapatnam cleanest, Bihar’s Darbhanga dirtiest

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As per the report of a survey carried out by the Quality Council of India, Visakhapatnam railway station in Andhra Pradesh has been adjudged as the cleanest, whereas Darbhanga railway station in Bihar is the dirtiest among busiest stations in India.

  • The report of the survey was released by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on May 17, 2017.

Categorisation of Railway Stations in India:

  • Indian railways has about 8000 stations. Based on annual passenger revenue, the stations have been classified into seven categories viz. A1, A, B, CRailway station survey - Andhra's Visakhapatnam cleanest, Bihar's Darbhanga dirtiest, D, E and F.
  • ‘A-1’ stations are the ones which contribute more than Rs 50 crore a year in passenger revenue. The stations which contribute between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore as annual passenger revenue are considered to be ‘A’ category stations.
  • All suburban stations are in ‘C’ category, while all halts are in ‘F’ category.

About Railway Station Survey:

The survey was conducted for total 407 stations, which included 75 in the ‘A-1’ category (also referred to as busiest stations) and 332 stations in ‘A’ category.

  • This was the 3rd such survey aimed at ascertaining cleanliness at rail premises. The survey is a part of ‘Swachh Rail’ campaign.
  • Clean tracks, clean toilets at platforms and availability of dustbins at stations were some of the criteria for judging cleanliness at railway stations.

Highlights of Railway Station Survey:

  • Among ‘A-1’ category stations, Visakhapatnam topped the survey, followed by Secunderabad railway station at second positions and Jammu railway station at third position.
  • New Delhi station ranked 39th out of 75 ‘A-1’ category stations.
  • Railway station in PM Modi’s Lok Sabha Constituency Varanasi, ranked at 14th position.
  • Among ‘A’ category stations, Beas railway station in Punjab has been adjudged as the cleanest, whereas Jogbani railway station in Bihar is the dirtiest.
  • Very soon railways will conduct a similar cleanliness survey of 200 trains.