Prabhu highlights importance of intelligence, technology for rail security

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The survey also mentions LTT (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus) at the 60th rank, Kalyan Junction at 63rd rank and Dadar at 70th rank among the A1 category stations.

Other railway stations in the A1 category, which figure in the Swachh survey list, are Thiruvananthapuram Central Station (71st rank with 557), Kozhikode (40th with 687 points) and Thrissur (52th rank with 635 points). While the Darbhanga railway station was at the 75th position in the A-1 category, Jogbani was the dirtiest in the A category. IRCTC has ranked Vishakhapatnam railway station as cleanest station of India.

Notably, Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu released Third Party Audit Report on Station Cleanliness and inaugurated "Swachh Rail Portal" in New Delhi on Wednesday, an official Press release of the Union Railway Ministry informed. He also appreciated NGOs and student groups who came forward to beautify the stations. Separate rankings were given for A1 and A category stations, the minister said.

The Visakhapatnam railway station has been declared as the cleanest railway station among the 75 busiest stations in the country, followed by Secunderabad in Telangana and Jammu Tawi in Jammu and Kashmir.

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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.

Prabhu said: "Railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at stations since a year ago". "No doubt Bhopal station is dirties railway station as there is filth and littering campus. Our Habibganj station is being prepared as World Class and facilities are being improved at Bhopal station", said I A Siddique, PRO Bhopal Railway. Suresh Prabhu talking about the stations said that, "We want all stations to be clean". The Lucknow railway station was ranked sixth across the country in the A1 category. Everyday about 50,000 passengers commute through the station. Cleanliness in parking space, main entrance, platforms and waiting rooms were the major constraints.

The ministry will next apprise 200 trains for cleanliness.

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