Chandigarh slips to 55 among cleanest railway stations

Lack of washrooms and basic facilities are believed to have led to the downgrade.

punjab Updated: Aug 16, 2018 10:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh,Chandigarh Railway Station,Quality Council of India
Garbage strewn around in the parking lot for auto-rickshaws at the Chandigarh Railway Station. Lack of washrooms and basic facilities are also believed to have led to the poor ranking.(HT Photo)

Despite ambitious plans to develop Chandigarh Railway Station as a world-class station on a Rs 140 crore budget, the station has slipped from rank 6 in 2016 to a dismal 55 in 2018, a report on Station Cleanliness by Quality Council of India (QCI) has said.

In what comes as a double whammy for the city after it was ranked a lowly fifth in the Ease of Living Index launched by housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday, Chandigarh Railway Station was found to be dirtier this time round as compared to the last two years.

Lack of washrooms and basic facilities are believed to have led to the downgrade.

In the third such audit-cum-survey conducted by the Railways as part of the Swachh Rail Survey, a part of Swachh Survekshan for Swachh Bharat, PM Narendra Modi’s flagship cleanliness programmes, the city dropped from number six in 2016 in the A1 category (stations contributing more than Rs 50 crore a year in passenger revenues) to 48 in 2017 and 55 in 2018.

The first survey was carried out by railways subsidiary Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) based on passenger interviews.

The second and third surveys were conducted by QCI, an autonomous body assessing quality standards.

Cities that topped the rankings in A1 category, this year were Jodhpur (first) and Jaipur (second) of the North Western Railway in Rajasthan. Tirupati, another important pilgrimage spot in South Central Railway, was placed third.

In A-category stations (contributing between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore),Marwar stood first and Phulera second.

Both the stations are again from the North Western Railway in Rajasthan. The third slot goes to Warangal station of South Central Railway in Telangana. The audit-cum-survey of cleanliness rankings covers 407 stations, including 75 in category A1 and 332 in category A.

Amritsar has been ranked 26, Ambala 46 and Ludhiana 56 in this year’s survey.

First Published: Aug 16, 2018 10:00 IST