Visakhapatnam Railway Station Cleanest Amongst 75 Stations

In a nationwide cleanliness survey of 407 railway stations, 75 of them major ones, Mumbai has had a dirt-poor showing.

The station notched up a score of 661.5 marks out of 1,000 while Visakhapatnam railway station secured 853.1 marks.

The order of ten Orissa stations which stood out among 332 A category railway stations are Khurda road railway station (ranked 75), Jajpur-Keonjhar road (80), Bhadrak (94), Cuttack (100), Rourkela (105), Balasore (107), Berhampur (117), Rayagada (266), Sambalpur (287) and Jharsuguda ranked 290.

The Union minister said that the objective was to have all the railway stations clean and it was promising to see that quite a few stations had improved their performance from past year.

Third party audit report on station cleanliness released by railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday, May 17 ranked Darbhanga railway station in Bihar as the dirtiest. In A1 category, Ernakulam South station came at 34th position with 695 points, while Aluva got 61st rank in A category with 719 points.

The Anand Vihar railway station has been ranked fifth cleanest among the A1 category stations surveyed in the latest Swachh Railway Report - the cleanest in the capital ahead of its more heralded rivals, Old Delhi (24th) and New Delhi (39th) stations.

The survey has been conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) at 75 stations under "A" category.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said that Indian Railways started third party Cleanliness Index of Stations since a year ago.

Bengaluru City station was placed 10th and Yeshwanthpur got 32nd ranking among AI category stations in Karnataka. All the six railway stations in the city witness a daily average passenger count of more than 1 lakh and witness both suburban and outstation commute. Meanwhile, the New Delhi railway station will soon see an operational waste-to-energy plant becoming operational as part of a green initiative. The Lucknow railway station was ranked sixth across the country in the A1 category.

Khamman was declared the second cleanest in A category (annual passenger revenue is between Rs 6 and 50 crore). Stations that contribute over Rs 50 crore a year are A1 stations.

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