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May 28 2018 (00:57)   400 trains vie for top swachchhta honours

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In a first of its kind exercise in the country, the Indian Railways has undertaken a “clean train competition” involving about 400 trains to start with.  These also include premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi expresses.  The result of the ongoing exercise to evaluate the cleanest train will be out next month.
A similar survey  was conducted on railway stations all over the country in 2016 as part of the Government’s Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan.
A senior railway officer said a total of 475 rakes of these 210 trains are to be audited out
of which 386 rakes have already been surveyed by a third party auditor engaged by IRCTC.  Indian Railways network has about 12,500 trains and about 7,000 railway stations carrying about 2.5 crore passengers every day.
“Such independent survey on cleanliness of important trains will be carried out every year and is expected to bring a sense of pride and competition among the zonal railways and maintenance depots. The survey of trains is expected to be completed in a couple of months which would be great thing in passenger comfort,” the official said.
The assessment parameters will include checking on-board facilities — condition of toilets, equipment, tools, manpower, vestibules, doorways, dustbin, linen, pest management, watering, waste management, on-board housekeeping staff.
Each category has points assigned to it with the highest priority given to the condition of toilets. The checking starts right before the trains start their journey till the arrival at the destination station.
The survey will be conducted both based on passenger feedback and audit.
This is the third such survey initiated by railways to maintain cleanliness in the railway network.
The first survey was conducted by IRCTC in 2016 by interviewing passengers at the stations on various parameters of cleanliness and rating them on this basis. The second survey has been conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI). 
With the help of its partners, the QCI conducted the survey of 407 major railway stations (75 A1 category and 332 A category stations) of Indian Railways. The next survey report for cleanliness is expected by the QCI for stations in the month of July, 2018.

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