Surat and Rajkot in Gujarat are among the cleanest train stations in India while Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh and Pune are among the dirtiest, it was found in a survey.
In the A1 category, other stations were Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) followed by Solapur. Mumbai Central, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) and Vadodara (Gujarat).
The report was released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabu. Rail Ministry had entrusted the task of the survey to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which engaged TNS India Pvt Ltd for undertaking the work. The survey was based on passenger feedback asking them to rate the cleanliness of stations on 40 different parameters.
On the lower end of side were Guwahati, Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi), Sealdah (West Bengal), Kanpur Central (UP), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Muzaffarpur (Bihar).
According to Prabhu, the move is in line with improving the cleanliness at the 8,000 stations in India and take forward the ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat’ mission.
He also said the ministry will eventually bring all stations on a par to a particular standard.
The final report, which will also factor in the existing infrastructure, responses from railway staff and non-railway service providers, is expected to be submitted to the Rail Ministry shortly, an official said. After the scrutiny of the final report, the ministry will take further action for improving the cleanliness standards at major stations, he added.