Rail commuters vote Kozhikode station 'cleanest': Survey
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Kozhikode railway station in Kerala has been declared the "cleanest" in the country by railway commuters while the Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi is at the lowest rung, said a survey by an app-based travel portal on Tuesday.
"Kozhikode was ranked the best railway station with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 while Hazrat Nizamuddin was rated the lowest by our users in terms of cleanliness," ixigo said in a release.
"Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani has been rated the cleanest train, while the Karnataka Express got the lowest ratings," the survey said.
The app-based travel agency claimed that around 40 per cent of the highest user rated railway stations on the basis of cleanliness are in southern India, followed by 20 per cent in central India and 20 per cent in the west.
The survey claimed that the railway stations rated not so clean are in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan.
It said that others that made to the list of best rail stations includes Hubli Junction in West Bengal, Davangere in Karnataka, Dhanbad Junction in Jharkhand, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, Bilaspur Junction in Chhattisagarh, Vadodara and Rajkot Junctions in Gujarat, Falna in Rajasthan, and Vijayawada Junction in Andhra Pradesh.
Stations with the lowest ratings included Muzaffarpur and Gaya Junctions in Bihar, Mathura and Varanasi Junctions in Uttar Pradesh, Ajmer Junction in Rajasthan, and Bhusaval Junction in Maharashtra.
"Indian railways has been growing by 6.58 per cent over the last couple of months in 2017 alone and with effective steps taken to modernise it across the board, the ridership has only gone up," ixigo CEO and co-founder Aloke Bajpai said.
Although Railways has already been working towards improving the quality of train travel in terms of cleanliness and hygiene, there still remains ample scope to improve services across the board as noticed in this study," he said.
Ixigo works closely with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to facilitate train ticket booking for over seven million users on the app.
In May last year, the Railways announced Beas station as the cleanest, followed by Vishakhapatnam and Khammam, out of 407 stations in India.
The list of the cleanest stations was released based on a survey carried out by the Railways.
Among the 75 bigger and busy railway stations, Visakhapatnam is the cleanest, followed by Secunderabad and Jammu.
Stations at Jogbani, Madhubani and Sagauli -- all in Bihar -- were the dirtiest in the overall ranking. Among the most busy stations, Darbhanga in Bihar was the dirtiest, followed by Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, and Ambala in Haryana.