Pune Railway Station Ranks 56th in ‘Station Cleanliness Survey Report’

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New Delhi, October 2, 2019 : Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal released the ‘Stations’ Cleanliness Survey Report’ (Cleanliness assessment of Non-suburban and Suburban Stations 2019). He was participating in an event to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi at a function organized in New Delhi Railway Station.

Railways’ response to the call of cleanliness all across the country by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has made cleanliness at stations, rolling stock and premises a prime focus. On the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Indian Railways organized a slew of activities connected with cleanliness today i.e. 02.10.2019.

Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, other Members of Railway Board, General Manager, Northern Railway along with senior Railway officials were present on the occasion.

Shri Piyush Goyal and other Dignitaries also went around the Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi and displays of Tools & Equipments used for cleaning purposes. They understood the features of the Bio-toilet and inspected the new generation coaches being used by the Railways. Under the initiative of waste and scrap management, a sculpture of Bapu made from scrap material was showcased, which was highly appreciated by all. The Minister also inaugurated an exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi at National Rail Museum through Video Conferencing.

Speaking on the occasion, Goyal said that “Today we are committed to develop India as a Clean India, Healthy India and Prosperous India. Indian Railways is doing its bit to provide a clean and hygienic environment to the travelling people. There is a need to value the change emerged in the mindset of common people. Today, India is one of those countries which give priority to cleanliness. Today, cleanliness programme is being conducted over 6500 stations across Indian Railways to showcase the efforts putting in by Indian Railways to keep trains, stations and railway premises clean. Indian Railways has celebrated Swachchta Pakhwada from 16th September to 02nd October, 2019. Indian Railways has also banned single use plastic across its premises today onwards.”

Goyal added that as safety is accorded first priority, Indian Railways has started manufacturing LHB coaches only and these LHB coaches are being equipped with bio-toilets.

Cleanliness Ranking

The Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest rail networks comprising of a network spread over 68442 Route km, running more than 22,000 trains each day from more than 8,000 stations carrying about 23 million travelers and 3 million tonnes (MT) of freight daily. It has played a pivotal role in the growth and development of the country and has integrated lives of 1.3 billion citizens of India. It is the most commonly used and cost effective long distance transport system for majority of the low and middle income population of the country.


Indian Railways translated “Swachh Bharat” to its own “ Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat” campaign with On October 2nd 2014, the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Government of India officially launched a national level campaign “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” to achieve the dream of a clean India by October 2nd, 2019. The campaign was introduced with the mission to improve the cleanliness in railways including station premises.


In an effort to periodically monitor the progress of the mission and promote healthy competition among railway stations, the Ministry of Railways conducted its first ever cleanliness assessment of erstwhile 407 A1 and A category stations in 2016 based on passenger feedback on various parameters of cleanliness. This passenger feedback  was ultimately translated into rankings of the erstwhile 407 stations.

In 2019, the scope was enlarged to ranking of 720 stations. The responsibility of execution of this survey was also
given to Quality Council of India (QCI). Detailed methodology incorporating assessment of processes, outcomes and citizen feedback was prepared by Ministry of Railways in association with Quality Council of India. A customized technical application was used to capture the responses ensuring information collected is validated from geo- tagged pictures.


Pune Railway Station Ranking

Among the 611 Non-Suburban Stations, Pune ranked 56th. And when it comes to green it scored 2.3 on a scale of 5.  The total green scoring was 59.3 %.