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Visakhapatnam Railway Station Leads Cleanest List While Darbhanga Comes Last

Theresa Hayes | 19 May, 2017, 06:54

The Visakhapatnam railway station has got rare honour this time.

The survey results were declared in a report released by Suresh Prabhu, Union Railway Minister. The next in the list were Secunderabad, Jammu, Ahmedanagar and Anand Vihar railway stations. Even small stations like Akola, Latur, Daund, Jalgaon, Shegaon and others in the state are better placed.Nagpur Central Railway PRO PD Patil said Nagpur has improved its position by improving level of cleanliness on platforms, toilets, waiting rooms, parking, tracks etc.

In the latest nationwide cleanliness survey of 407 railway stations, Ambala Cantonment railway station, which handles near about 300 trains daily, could achieve the overall rank of 350.

For the ranking, the stations were split into seven categories depending on their passenger revenue.

Prabhu said: "Railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at stations since past year". Darbhanga and Jogbani in Bihar were the dirtiest in the two sections, according to a survey by Quality Council of India. "Our Habibganj station is being prepared as World Class and facilities are being improved at Bhopal station", said I A Siddique, PRO Bhopal Railway. In A1 category, Ernakulam South station came at 34th position with 695 points, while Aluva got 61st rank in A category with 719 points.

Panvel was the only "A category" station. Ahmedanagar station was ranked at 3rd position. With objective of measuring passenger's fulfillment with sanitation at railway stations, survey covered 75 AI category stations and 332 A category stations. Darbhanga was at the bottom - 75th position.

About 8,000 stations are divided by Railways into seven categories - A1, A, B, C, D, E and F based on their annual passenger revenue. All suburban stations are in the C category, while all halts are in the F category. Stations that contribute over Rs 50 crore a year are A1 stations.

He said there were a lot of challenges that the railways faced to ensure safe and secure running of trains across the country.