Pune: The Pune Junction of the Pune railway division stands 25th in all-India A1 category of ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat’ survey, which was conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI). The station held 9th position last year.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday released the survey report. A total of 75 stations in the A1 category and 332 under the A category were surveyed. However, the Central Railway (CR) ranked 8th among the 16 zones. Central Railway had 3rd rank last year.
“The Pune Junction scored 851.85 points during the process of evaluation. Pune got 316.28 in citizen feedback score. Pune is ranked 25 this year and in the previous year it was at 9th spot,” said the report.
The survey has assessed 407 A1 and A category railway stations. The four-part survey is based on process evaluation, direct observation, citizen feedback and station manager interview. A team of 160 assessors have been trained for the survey and data is collected on a real-time basis through an online platform. Feedback from around 1.2 lakh passengers has been taken into account for the survey by Indian Railways.
“The ranking disappointed us. Last year, we were at 9th spot, but this year, we slipped to the 16th rank. We launched several initiatives to spread awareness about cleanliness, including street plays, distribution of pamphlets. A special team is deputed to check cleanliness. The squad - Tejas - is also responsible to stop persons littering the premises. Violators are fined. This is a lesson for us. We will improve by next year,” said a senior officer from the Pune railway division.
This year, Jodhpur and Marwar railway stations in Rajasthan have been adjudged the cleanest on the Indian Railways network. These stations have bagged this award in the A1 and A category of railway stations, respectively. Interestingly, both Jodhpur and Marwar of the North-Western railway zone were not in the list of top 10 cleanest stations in the 2017 survey. While Jodhpur has topped with a score of 977.97, Marwar has scored 972.71. The Pune Junction follows Surat (rank 24), Patna (rank 23), Puri (22), Guwahati (21).
While 10 zones have shown 10-20 per cent improvement, there is more than 20 per cent progress in 4 zones. North-Western railway has topped the list of cleanest zones with South-Central railway coming second and East Coast railway at third.