Indian Railway is improving by the day. They have upped their level of customer service and cleanliness in coaches. The government has also taken great care in cleaning most railway stations. Under the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has initiated the ‘Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. This initiative takes care of cleaning railway stations on a priority. Railway stations in India have always been an important landmark. With a total of over 8,000 railway stations and employees of over a million people, the onus of keeping stations clean has gained importance.
Here is the list of the top 10 cleanest railway stations in India
10. Ghum Railway Station
Ghum railway station in Darjeeling Himalayan is not only the highest railway stations in India, but it is also one of the cleanest and the most beautiful railway stations to look at. This unique railway station is situated at a great height in a small hill station. Ghum is popular for the Ghum Monastery. The Ghum Railway Station is maintained and managed by the Northeast Frontier Railway. The Ghum Railway Station is well maintained and is one of the best stations on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
9. Kharagpur Railway Station
The Kharagpur Railway Station boasts of the world’s third longest platform. It is one of the busiest junctions in the South Eastern Railway Zone second only to the Howrah Railway Station. The Kharagpur Railway Station is popularly called the Gateway to the South Eastern Railway. Although this station is super busy, it still manages to stay clean and look amazing due to regular maintenance and cleaning by local municipal bodies.
8. Vashi Railway Station
Vashi Railway Station is a classic example of a modern railway station. it is one of the terminal points located on the Harbor Line of the vast Mumbai Suburban Rail Network. The unique thing about Vashi Railway Station is the building above that is home to various technology and corporate offices namely IRIS Business Services India Private Limited. The Vashi Railway Station was initially managed by CIDCO, however since 2014 it is cleaned and maintained by the Central Railway.
7. Kolkata Metro Station
The Kolkata Metro Station is renowned to be the first underground station in India. It is home to the Underground mass Rapid Transit Urban Railway network. Thousands of commuters travel daily via the Kolkata Metro. Kolkata Metro station is constructed and maintained by a separate body named the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation. The KMRC conducts a daily hygiene check and ensures the Kolkata Metro station is kept clean and hygienic.
6. Tiruchirapalli Railway Station
The Tiruchirapalli Railway Station is known to be one of the busiest and the second biggest railways stations in Southern India. It is one of the most important landmarks in the city and has featured in many mainstream movies as well. The Tiruchirapalli Railway Station is cleaned and maintained by the Southern Railway authorities. Due to the significance of the station, it is kept very clean and is one of the best stations in South India.
5. Secunderabad Railway Station
The Secunderabad Railway Station is an important railway hub and was known to be one of the main stations of the Nizam’s Railway. The Secunderabad Railway Station resembles a fort and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The Secunderabad Railway Station is maintained by IRCTC and its private vendors. They do a fabulous job of keeping this fortress clean.
4. Bangalore Metro Station
The Bangalore Metro Station or the Namma Metro station runs the rapid transit system that serves the city of Bangalore. There are sixteen metro stations in the entire metro network and are maintained fantastically. The Metro Railway takes care of the Bangalor Metro Station and ensures that appropriate fines are levied for defaulters who try to deface the station.
3. Chennai Central Station
The Chennai Central railway station is one of the best maintained railway stations in South India. This 138 year old building is one of the most important landmarks in Chennai. The Chennai Central station employs private contractors for cleanliness and maintenance of the station. It employs over 30 sanitation workers to take care of platforms 1 to 6 and another 40 sanitation workers to take care of platforms 7 to 12.
2. New Delhi Metro Station
The New Delhi metro system is one of the largest metro networks in the country. The New Delhi metro stations services lakhs of commuters on a daily basis. This rapid transit system runs on various lines across New Delhi. All of the metro stations of New Delhi are maintained perfectly by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited and are one of the cleanest in the country.
1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly known as the Victoria Terminus) is one of the best constructed and most iconic railway stations in India. Commonly known as CST, it serves as a terminal for long distance and local trains from the Mumbai Suburban Railway. The CST station is maintained on a daily basis by the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai. With so much effort and manpower put into the station, it is one of the best maintained stations of the country by far.