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Bandra is seventh-cleanest railway station in India: Survey

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus ranked thirteenth in the annual Swatch Rail Swatch Bharat report released on Monday.

mumbai Updated: Aug 15, 2018 00:26 IST
Aroosa Ahmed
Aroosa Ahmed
Hindustan Times
Bandra railway station,Western Railway,Indian Railways
A view of the Bandra railway station, which comes under Western Railway. (Vijayanand Gupta/ HT File)

Bandra Terminus has been named as one of 10 cleanest railway stations in the country out of 407 stations assessed for a survey, according to a report released by Indian Railways.

Bandra Terminus, which comes under the Western Railway, is the only station from Mumbai to feature in the top 10 list of the ‘Swachh Rail-Swachch Bharat Survey’ released on Monday. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus ranked 13th.

The cleanliness assessment and ranking has been done for A1 and A category stations. A1 category includes 75 railway stations that earn more than Rs 50 crore while A category includes stations that earn between Rs 6 to Rs 50 crore. In Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), seven big stations fall under the A1 category, while two others have made it to the A category.

None of the other A1 stations including Dadar(49th), Mumbai Central(40th), Thane(57th), Kalyan (74th) and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (35th) made it to the top-20 list. Under A category only Panvel and Lonavla railway stations have been included in the list of clean stations. Panvel has been ranked at 243 and Lonavla at 263.

The cleanliness ranking of 16 railway zones shows Central Railways ranking has slipped from rank 3 in 2017 to rank 8 in 2018. The Western Railway maintained its rank at number five.

Bandra Terminus, which has cracked the top-10 this year, was ranked 15th in the A1 category in 2017 and 60th in 2016.

“We have worked extensively on improving cleanliness at the railway stations on WR and are happy that Bandra Terminus has got top-10 ranking from stations over the country. We are constantly working and hope to see more stations of WR next year (placed high in the ranking), ‘’ said Aarti Singh Parihar, senior divisional commercial manager, WR.

However, passenger associations said stations that have made it to the list are not clean. “LTT and Kalyan stations are among the worst stations when it comes to cleanliness. The railways should not undertake the survey and passenger associations or non-government organisations should undertake it,” said Lata Argade, vicepresident, Railway Pravasi Mahasangh.

Jodhpur emerged as the cleanest station in the A1 category, followed by Jaipur, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Anand Vihar Terminal, Secundrabad Junction, Bandra, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar and Vishakhapatnam.

Marwar topped the A category, followed by Phulera, Warangal, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Nizamabad, Barmer, Manchiryal, Mysore and Bhilwara.

First Published: Aug 15, 2018 00:25 IST