India’s second cleanest city’s railway station ranks lowest!

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 May 2017 12:07:50


Staff Reporter,

Bhopalities got stung on Wednesday when Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) tagged Bhopal Railway Station as ‘dirties’ in its survey report 2017.
IRCTC released the survey report of ‘cleanest’ and ‘dirtiest’ railway stations across country in which Bhopal station ranked 2nd dirtiest in ‘A’ category railway station list.


The survey has been conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) at 75 stations under ‘A’ category. Recently, Bhopal city has been tagged as cleanest city in Swachh Bharat Survey while Bhopal station ranked the lowest. Continuously for two years, Bhopal station is being ranked as dirties. IRCTC has ranked Vishakhapatnam railway station as cleanest station of India.


“We have several cleanliness drives at Bhopal stations. The station is also marked to redevelop soon. Our Habibganj station is being prepared as World Class and facilities are being improved at Bhopal station,” said I A Siddique, PRO Bhopal Railway.
Besides, out of 16 zones, West Central Railway (WCR) failed to appear in top 10. South Central Railway appeared on top in the list.


In dirtiest railway station under ‘A’ category list, Darbhanga and Bhopal stations tagged respectively first and second. Everyday about 50,000 passengers commute through the station. During year 2016, Jabalpur-WCR was ranked as ‘Level 2’ In list of cleanliness at zonal headquarters. “No doubt Bhopal station is dirties railway station as there is filth and littering campus. Even there is no facility including drinking water at station,” said Sabana, a passenger at Bhopal station. Another passenger Vikas Kumar said railway announced to focus on cleanliness drives at station along with redevelopment and safety in its budget 2017.

He further added, there are few zones really worked out to keep their stations clean but Bhopal station fail to maintain the same. With objective of measuring passenger’s fulfillment with sanitation at railway stations, survey covered 75 AI category stations and 332 A category stations.