Chennai,July28(tamilnaducentral): In the countrywide survey of major railway stations for cleanliness ranking conducted by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Salem railway junction with cleanliness level – ‘level 1’ has emerged as the cleanest railway station among the divisional headquarters railway stations and also the ninth cleanest railway station in the entire country. Kumbakonam railway station in Tiruchi railway division has been adjudged the fifth cleanest railway station in the country.
The TNS India Private Limited was engaged to conduct the survey. The survey commissioned by the Environment and Housekeeping Management Directorate, Railway Board, New Delhi was conducted across major railway stations. Launched under the ‘Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ with the aim of measuring passenger satisfaction with cleanliness at the station premises, the survey covered 407 major railway stations across the country – 75 A1 category stations and 332 A category stations. The survey identified top ten divisional headquarters, among 68 railway divisions in Indian Railways, based on cleanliness scores.
The focus audience for the survey was passengers. Opinions were also gathered from railway officials, licensed porters and vendors at each station who were part of the service improvement group. The results of this survey will be used for the ranking of A1 and A stations on cleanliness.
Top 10 cleanest stations in the order of ranking are:
Beas (Punjab), Gandhidham (Gujarat), Vasco Da Gama (Goa), Jamnagar (Gujarat), Kumbakonam (Tamil Nadu), Surat (Gujarat), Nasik Road (Maharashtra), Rajkot (Gujarat), Salem (Tamil Nadu) and Ankleshwar (Gujarat).