Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar railway station has been ranked the 13th cleanest station among the 75 A1 category most busy stations in the country. While Visakhapatnam railway station is the cleanest with rank one, it has been followed by Secunderabad, among the 75 stations in the category.
As per a survey, the report of which was released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday, the Jammu railway station occupied the third spot, while the New Delhi station was ranked at 39 among the busiest stations.
The Darbhanga railway station in Bihar was ranked the dirtiest.
The survey was carried out by the Quality Council of India. Clean toilets on platforms, clean tracks and dustbins at stations were some of the criteria for judging railway stations for cleanliness.
This was the third survey on cleanliness done by the railways to keep a tab on rail premises as part of its ‘Swachh Rail’ campaign.
“We want all stations to be clean. There are many stations which have improved their cleanliness ranking from last time,” Prabhu said after releasing the survey report.
The railway station in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was ranked at 14th position.
The survey was carried out for total 407 stations, out of which 75 are in the A-1 category or most busy stations and 332 are in the A category.
The Beas railway station was the cleanest, followed by Khammam, in the A category. Ahmednagar station was ranked at 3rd position.
The railways has about 8,000 stations which are classified into seven categories — A1, A, B, C, D, E and F based on their annual passenger revenue.
The stations which contribute more than Rs 50 crore a year in passenger revenue are considered to be A-1 stations. The A category stations contribute between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore as annual passenger revenue.
The railways will now carry out a survey of 200 trains on cleanliness.