Bihar rail stations fare no better than cities in cleanliness
With the highest ranking Patna junction figuring at the 28th position in east central railway zone, no A1 category railway station in Bihar has made it to the top 20 list in terms of cleanliness.patna Updated: May 17, 2017 20:47 IST
Bihar’s railway stations are no better than its cities, as far as cleanliness is concerned.
None of the railway stations of Bihar, falling under the East Central Railway (ECR) zone, figure in the list of top 20 cleanest railway stations of the country, a report on which was released on Wednesday.
A third party audit report on stations’ cleanliness, covering 75 A1 category and 332 A category stations, shows Bihar in a poor light. The report was released by railway minister Suresh Prabhu.
Clean toilets on platforms, clean tracks and condition of dustbins at stations were some of the criteria for judging railway stations for their cleanliness.
The railways have about 8,000 stations which are classified into seven categories -- A1, A, B, C, D, E and F, based on their annual passenger revenue. The stations which contribute more than Rs 50 crore a year in passenger revenue are considered to be A-1 stations.
The A category stations contribute between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore as annual passenger revenue. All suburban stations are in C category, while all halts are in F category.
Out of the six category A1 stations under ECR, none figures in top 20. Patna is placed 28 among the A1 stations with an overall ranking of 91 with a score of 791. Chapra, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur and Gaya are ranked 36, 46, 50 and 66, respectively, while Darbhanga is ranked the dirtiest (75) among the A1 stations. Overall, it is placed at 375.
The Visakhapatnam railway station is the cleanest, followed by Secunderabad, among the 75 most busy stations in the country.
The scenario is no better with A class stations. Hajipur, where the zonal office of east central railways is located, is placed at 48 out of 407 stations. The station is the best in Bihar as far as cleanliness is concerned with an overall ranking of 70. Rajendra nagar Terminal is ranked 64 in the category and has a national ranking of 92.
Madhubani (331) and Jogbani (332 among A class stations) are placed at the bottom with an overall ranking of 406 and 407, respectively.
Bapudham Motihari station and Bettiah, the two stations in districts which are at the centre of Gandhi centenary celebration, are ranked 381 and 397 in the country.