New Delhi, Aug 13: A recent audit cum survey on Station Cleanliness conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI) had Jodhpur railway station topping the list. It was followed by Jaipur and Tirupati railway station. These stations were marked A1 stations as per the survey. While Marwar, Phulera and Warangal were marked in the A category.

Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal while releasing the report said that several steps were being taken by the Railways to ensure cleanliness and improve the sanitation standards.

Goyal said, “During the last 4 years, the sanitation coverage in the country which was 38 per cent in 2014 has gone up to 83 per cent in 2018.” He added that at least seven crore toilets had been constructed in the past 4 years which is a major achievement.

This is the third survey which has been conducted by Indian Railways in order to identify the unclean spots and increase the level of sanitation. The survey which was conducted also aimed at identifying the gaps in the cleanliness system and instil a healthy competition among railway stations.

If the survey is to be compared with last year’s report, there has been nearly 9 per cent improvement in top 100 stations. It was followed by 14 per cent improvement in the next 100 stations, 20 per cent in 201-300 stations and 31 per cent in 301-407 stations.

As per this year’s survey, North Western Railway, South Central Railway and East Coast Railway have topped the zones in the cleanliness standard. Most of the zones have shown at least 10 to 20 per cent improvement out of which four zones have improved more than 20 per cent and two zones have denigrated and improved as little as 10 per cent.

The main parameters on which the survey was conducted were- evaluation of the process of cleanliness in parking, main entry area, main platform, waiting room and direct observation by QCI assessors of cleanliness in these areas was also done. Passengers’ feedback was also taken into account. At least 33.33 per cent weightage was given to QCI assessors, 33.33 per cent on the evaluation of the process of cleanliness in the above-mentioned areas and the rest 33.33 per cent was given to passenger feedback.

In order to monitor the progress, a 24×7 control room was set up and the images were geo-tagged too.