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18032016/169 21-03-2016
New Jalpaiguri station ranked 10th in All India Report on Assessment of Cleanliness Standards

New Jalpaiguri station under Katihar Division of Northeast Frontier Railway brought laurels to the zone as it obtained 10th rank in the national ranking of clean stations. The ranking was part of the Preliminary Report o­n Assessment of Cleanliness Standards at Major Railway Stations” which was released at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi yesterday by Union Minister of Railways,Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu. Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Shri Manoj Sinha Union Minister of State for Railways and Shri A.K. Mital, Chairman, Railway Board were also present.

Indian Railways is the third largest rail network in the world with 66,000 route kilometer stretch covering more than 8000 stations.  Consequent to the launch of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ o­n 2nd Oct’2014 by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Indian Railways had also  launched ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ to achieve the vision of ‘Clean India’ by 2nd Oct’ 2019, which shall also be the 150th  Birthday of father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

In the Rail Budget presented in Feb’ 2015 and 2016, series of measures to improve the cleanliness o­n stations were announced to take forward the momentum of ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat’.  o­ne of the measures undertaken in Feb’2016 Budget is the ranking of A1 and A category stations based o­n regular periodic third party audit and feedback from passengers. The task of survey was entrusted to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), who engaged M/s TNS India Pvt. Ltd.  for undertaking this work.

            75 A1 category and 332 A category stations (407 stations in all) were taken up for survey o­n 42 parameters o­n cleanliness of stations, infrastructure etc based o­n passenger feedback throughout Indian Railways. The survey was conducted through interviews with respondents o­n the questionnaire o­n cleanliness indicators, which was done face to face by survey teams by visiting each of the 407 stations across 16 Zonal Railways. Every passenger was asked to rate the cleanliness of stations objectively o­n 40 different cleanliness parameters.

Purely based o­n the passenger feedback o­n the cleanliness of stations and the analysis there-of, 407 major stations have been given rankings in the Preliminary Report submitted by the survey agency through IRCTC to Ministry of Railways for scrutiny and further action.

Among the A1 stations in India, New Jalpaiguri station of N.F.Railway was ranked 10th by passengers while Surat, Rajkot and Bilaspur received the 1st, 2ndand 3rd places. This is an encouraging news for N.F.Railway as New Jalpaiguri station has been ranked above many stations of other metro cities. N.F.Railway is committed to further intensify its efforts so that even other stations of the zone can find a place among toppers in the cleanliness list.

(Pranav Jyoti Sharma)

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