Railways is one of the most dependable means of transportation for millions of Indians. It plays a significant role in the development and growth of India and has been an integral part of the lives the citizens of India. Today as the nation is advancing towards the cleanliness under the “Swachh Bharat Mission”, Indian Railways strides along with the vision of clean and healthy railways. In 2015, the Ministry of Railways launched the “Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat” campaign with the determination to create significant and sustainable improvements in cleanliness standards of trains and stations with the motive to enhance the maintenance and improve the cleanliness within railway premises, including both stations and trains.
Under “Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat” , the ministry has launched a series of drive to sensitize Indian Railways towards cleanliness and to motivate Zonal Railways to take action in the cleanliness of railway premises. In line with these efforts, 407 largest revenue generating stations have been assessed and ranked for their cleanliness and sanitation. Accordingly, a detailed methodology incorporating assessment of processes, outcomes and citizen feedback was prepared by the Ministry of Railways in association with Quality Council of India.
Let’s have a look at top clean railway stations in India right now. Is your favourite station on this list? Check out now! These are currently the top 7 cleanest A1 Category stations of the nation based on the rankings generated by the Indian Railways:
1. Vishakapatnam (VSKP)
Vishakhapatnam Station is one of the major railway stations of Andhra Pradesh, India. This station falls under the East Coast Railway Zone of Indian Railways and has emerged as the winner in cleanliness index among 75 A1 Category stations in India. Vishakhapatnam is currently holding ranking 1 in A1 category of stations with an overall cleanliness score of 85%. The previous ranking of this station was 42. One will find significantly clean railway tracks and clean toilets on all platforms of this station.
2. Secunderabad (SC)
Secunderabad Junction Railway Station is in the heart of the city of the Hyderabad and falls under the South-Central Railway zone of Indian Railways. This station is currently at the second position in A1 category with an overall cleanliness of 84%. The previous ranking score of this station was 45% and this indicates that the station’s officials have done a lot to improve the cleanliness index of the station.
The main entry area of this station is notably clean. Adequate number of dustbins is available at various points and the railway tracks are much cleaner.
3. Jammu Tawi (JAT)
Jammu Tawi is a major railway station and largest station in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a major railhead for other places in the state and for tourists heading towards the Kashmir Valley. It falls under the Firozpur Division of Northern Railways. It is on third position in the cleanliness ranking. It has an overall cleanliness score of 84%. The station ranking in the previous survey was 20. The station features availability of well-maintained dustbins in all open-sitting areas of the platforms. In addition, the cleaning staffs are also well equipped..
4. Vijayawada (BZA):
Vijaywada Station is an A1 category railway station in Vijaywada of Andhra Pradesh. It falls under the Vijaywada Division of South Central Railway Zone. It is the fourth busiest railway station in the country situated at the Howrah-Chennai and New Delhi-Chennai railway lines. It is at fourth position in the list of cleanest stations of India. It has an overall score of 83%. It is the second station of Andhra Pradesh on the list.
5. Anand Vihar (ANVT)
Anand Vihar is a railway station in the Anand Vihar locality of Delhi, India. It is under the administrative control of the Delhi Division of the Northern Railway Zone of Indian Railways. The station is known for its easy accessibility.
The station is at fifth position in the list of the A1 Category clean stations with an overall score of 82%. The station is cleaner than rest of the major stations of Delhi. New Delhi is at the 39 and Delhi Junction is at the 24 positions respectively.
6. Lucknow Junction (LKO)
Lucknow Junction Railway Station is one of the major railway stations of Lucknow City for broad gauge trains other than Lucknow Charbagh station. It falls under the North Eastern Railway Station. It is at sixth position in terms of cleanliness. It has an overall score of 81%. The other one Lucknow Charbagh is however at 58 position.
7. Ahmedabad Junction (ADI)
Ahmedabad Junction Railway Station is the main railway station in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It is also the biggest and busiest railway station in the state of Gujarat. It is the second highest income generating division in Western Railways. The first is the Mumbai Division. On the clean stations list, it is on seventh ranking with the score of 81%.
These periodic assessments and releasing of rankings will surely encourage a spirit of positive competition between stations and improve the overall experience of the public with Indian Railways. This will also help stations in identifying various gaps and help in preparing strategy to tackle these gaps. And now if you want to book train ticket for any of these stations or for any other place in India just download Trainman app and book train tickets in 3 easy steps. Download Trainman App now