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Cleanest Indian Railway Stations in India

Indian Railway is a landmark for its people. It is the largest employer as more than one million people work with Indian Railways. Around 14,300 trains run every day which touches around 8000 stations all across the country. Indian Railways carries around 2.3 crores passengers every day and 1.3 lakh tons of freight every day. 
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Recently India’s Prime Minister has launched the ‘Swatch Bharat Abhiyan’ and citizens are expecting to see the railway stations in better conditions. As part of the project more people have been employed, more dustbins are installed and CCTV infrastructure is also deployed for better monitoring. Cleanliness of certain major railway stations has been outsourced. As Indian Railways is the largest employer in India, it can easily provide extra cleaning staff. 

A recent survey was conducted on the cleanest railway stations in the country based on passenger feedback. The Beas Railway station in Punjab was positioned at the top of the list and Gujarat saw a total of 5 of its railway stations on this list of cleanest railway stations in India. Gujarat’s Gandhidham, Jamnagar, Surat, Rajkot and Ankleshwar stations were among the cleanest stations as voted by passengers. Vasco da Gama railway station in Goa, Kumbakanom, and Salem in Tamil Nadu and Nasik road station in Maharashtra were also on the list. Five of the dirtiest stations are in Bihar.

The survey was conducted at 407 major Indian Railway stations in the country and over 1, 30,000 passengers were surveyed on the basis of overall cleanliness, talking about 40 different parameters like sanitation, stench, lack of dustbins, dirty platforms were the parameters of biggest concern. Of the 407 stations surveyed, 105 stations have Cleanliness Levels 1 & 2, 166 stations had Cleanliness Levels 3 and 136 stations had Cleanliness Levels 4 & 5. The survey also identified top ten divisional headquarters, among 68 railway divisions in Indian Railways, based on cleanliness scores. The report also published that the best zones were South-Western, Western and Southern Railway Zone. According to passenger feedback survey on cleanliness carried out by the Indian Railway ministry, which says lack of sanitation at stations was the biggest concern for commuters. 

Beas Railway station is situated on the Jalandhar - Amritsar section of Firozpur Division of Northern Railways. The cleanliness of the Beas railway station is the joint effort of the RSSB volunteers and the Indian Railways. The Railway authorities and the volunteers work in complete sync to maintain the high standards of cleanliness in the station. 
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The survey is part of the Suresh Prabhu led Indian Railways ‘Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. Indian Railways had launched ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ to achieve the vision of ‘Clean India’ by 2019.

On the basis of this report, the minister has already issued instructions to zonal headquarters so that immediate action is taken to clean up the railway stations. The ministry plans more such surveys in the near future, as part of the ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat’ mission. The cleanest train stations of Indian Railways are in Gujarat and the dirtiest in Bihar and UP. The objective of the study was to evaluate various cleanliness indices in the passenger interface areas of the railway station and identify the satisfaction levels/shortcomings. The idea is to make the entire rail network clean in the long run. This is just the beginning of the process which will eventually bring all stations on a par to a particular standard. Mr. Prabhu said that the Indian Railways will play a key role in making Clean India a reality.

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