Bandra Terminus is the cleanest railways station in Mumbai, and Dadar the dirtiest, according to a nationwide cleanliness survey of 407 stations across the country. The Union minister has said that they want all the stations to be clean and said that many stations have improved the ranks from the last time.
In the list of top 10 Grade A1 railway stations in Maharashtra, Pune stands at the 9th spot, and in Grade A category, Ahmadnagar and Badnera are ranked 3rd the 6th, respectively.
The survey was conducted by Quality Council of India on the basis of criteria such as parking, main gate, platform, waiting room, management of tracks, dustbins, toilets on platforms etc. The survey is done by the railways to keep a tab on rail premises. Recently, Bhopal city has been tagged as cleanest city in Swachh Bharat Survey while Bhopal station ranked the lowest.
The Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, said: "This index instills competitive spirit among the stations".
For the ranking, the stations were split into seven categories depending on their passenger revenue. The stations which contribute more than Rs 50 crore a year in passenger revenue are considered to be A-1 stations, while A category stations contribute between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore as annual passenger revenue.
The station notched up a score of 661.5 marks out of 1,000 while Visakhapatnam railway station secured 853.1 marks.
Every passenger was asked to rate the cleanliness of stations objectively on 40 different cleanliness parameters presented in a questionnaire.
The survey conducted now is the third survey on cleanliness by the railways. Guwahati, Varanasi, Mughalsarai and Hazrat Nizamuddhin Station have shown tremendous improvements.
Meanwhile, Beas has been ranked the cleanest station in the A category, followed by Khammam, and Ahmednagar station. Among the country's 75 major stations, its rank is 70, compared to 25 it secured in 2016. Stations that contribute over Rs 50 crore a year are A1 stations.
All suburban stations are in C category, while all halts are in F category.
The minister also claimed that by 2019 all trains will be equipped with bio-toilets and his ministry will ensure onboard cleanliness service through mobile apps.