Railway Minister releases Third Party Audit Report on Station Cleanliness

Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu recently released Third Party Audit Report on Station Cleanliness and inaugurated the ‘Swachh Rail Portal’.

Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Beas in Punjab are the Cleanest Station in A1, A Category Stations respectively. Khammam Station bagged 2nd Rank in Station Cleanliness in A Category from 285 Rank of previous year.

The Railway Minister dedicated a “Swachh Rail Portal” to showcase rankings of stations and trains, methodology adopted for rankings and stations/trains specific dashboards. This web portal will also be leveraged to seek passenger feedback on cleanliness on a continual basis.

The Railway Minister said,” Indian Railways started third party Cleanliness Index of Stations since last year. Railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at stations. This index instills competitive spirit among the stations. The biggest challenge for cleanliness at the platforms is visitors along with the passengers, even the toilets are used by large number of visitors who are not Railway travellers. However, Railways have to move forward. The focus is on platform cleanliness, coach cleanliness, toilets cleanliness in the coach and track cleanliness. Railways have introduced ‘Clean My Coach’ services which is getting an overwhelming response. Four green corridors have been marked which are free from discharge of human waste. I urge the Municipal Corporation of the cities which have encroachments to come forward and cooperate in eliminating human waste from the tracks.”

Vishakhapatnam has emerged as the winner in Cleanliness Index by securing Ist position in A1 category. Beas emerged as Ist winner in A category station. Guwahati, Varanasi, Mughalsarai and Hazrat Nizamuddin Stations have shown tremendous improvements. Lots of NGO’s, Students’ groups have come forward to clean and beautify their stations. He also thanked and dedicated this achievement to the people in respective areas.


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