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Bhopal: Bhopal, Hoshangabad are dirtiest railway stations

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Bhopal: Bhopal, Itrasi Hosangabad, Piparia are the dirtiest railway stations of the country. This was revealed in the Third Party Audit Report on Station Cleanliness released by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Wednesday. The six stations of the state that made into top 100 list of cleanest stations include Damoh ranked 20, Sagar 26, Indore 27, Habibganj 51, Rewa 66 and Bina 84. The news might come as a dampener for residents of the state capital, still basking under the glory of Bhopal being second cleanest city of the country after Indore. The Indian Railways started third party Cleanliness Index of Stations last year to instil competitive spirit among stations. In the first survey conducted by IRCTC in 2016, passengers were interviewed on various parameters of cleanliness and asked to rate railway station on its basis. The second survey was conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) and included 407 major railway stations (75 A1 category and 332 A category stations).

The dirtiest railway stations at at the bottom of the list include Hoshangabad (404), Piparia (389), Itrasi (379), Bhopal (374), Singroli (366), Burhanpur (362),Vidisha (316) and Betul (301). The parameters adopted for the survey are: evaluation of process of cleanliness in parking, main entry area, main platform and waiting room (33.33%); direct observation by QCI assessors of cleanliness in these areas (33.33%); and passenger feedback(33.33%). A 24×7 control room was set up• and images were geo-tagged to monitor progress.The survey was conducted through interviews with respondents on questionnaire on cleanliness indicators, which was done face-to-face by survey teams by visiting each of 407 stations across 16 Zonal Railways. Every passenger was asked to rate cleanliness of stations objectively on 40 different cleanliness parameters. The third party report came just after report of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan in which Bhopal secured second spot in the nation.The third party report has also raised question on city’s ranking as second cleanest in the country.