Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: Bhubaneswar is among the 75 A1-category railway stations in the country, said the preliminary report of the survey, which was released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday.

Surat and Rajkot in Gujarat are among the cleanest train stations in India followed by Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh.

"The idea is to make the entire rail network clean. This is just the beginning of a process which will actually and eventually bring all stations on a par to a particular standard," Prabhu said.

As many as 75 A1 and 332 A category stations across 16 zonal railways were covered by the survey, which was based on passenger feedback.

The survey was conducted through interviews with passengers who were asked to rate the cleanliness of stations on 40 different parameters.

The final report, which will also factor in the existing infrastructure, responses from railway staff and non-railway service providers, is expected to be submitted to the Rail Ministry shortly, an official said.

After the scrutiny of the final report, the ministry will take further action for improving the cleanliness standards at major stations, he added.