According to ministry sources, 407 railway stations belonging to A1 and A categories were assigned ranks on the basis of specific parameters.
Bhopalities got stung on Wednesday when Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) tagged Bhopal Railway Station as "dirties" in its survey report 2017.
The order of ten Orissa stations which stood out among 332 A category railway stations are Khurda road railway station (ranked 75), Jajpur-Keonjhar road (80), Bhadrak (94), Cuttack (100), Rourkela (105), Balasore (107), Berhampur (117), Rayagada (266), Sambalpur (287) and Jharsuguda ranked 290.
Suresh Prabhu said, "Indian Railways started third party cleanliness index of stations past year and railways have accomplished a significant improvement in cleanliness at stations". The survey results were declared in a report released by Suresh Prabhu, Union Railway Minister.
The railways have about 8,000 stations which are classified into seven categories - A1, A, B, C, D, E and F, based on their annual passenger revenue.
Vishakhapatnam Railway stations secured first position in A1 category, whereas Beas Railway station secured top position in A category followed by Khamman railway stations in second position. It is being done to keep the rail premises clean, as part of the "Swachh Rail" campaign.
In the citizens feedback which was taken from 300 passengers, the railway station received 271.7 marks.
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.
Bengaluru City station was placed 10th and Yeshwanthpur got 32nd ranking among AI category stations in Karnataka.
The Divisional Railway Manager of Ambala division said that they are happy as they are ranked second in the A-1 Category and will make efforts to improve. All the six railway stations in the city witness a daily average passenger count of more than 1 lakh and witness both suburban and outstation commute. Bhilwara station was ranked 6 places above Udaipur at 135.
The stations which contribute more than Rs 50 crore a year in passenger revenue are considered to be A-1 stations.
Out of the six category A1 stations under ECR, none figures in top 20.