Four railway stations in Tamil Nadu were listed among the top 10 dirtiest stations in India, according to a survey conducted by the Railway Ministry. As per the Swacch Rail Swacch Bharat Survey, Perungalathur was ranked as the dirtiest station in India, having scored 258.50 out of 1000. Guduvancheri ranked third (286.32) followed by Singaperumalkoil at rank four with a score of 334.12 and Ottappalam at rank five with a score of (346.76).
Meanwhile, two non-suburban stations were ranked among the top 100 cleanest stations in the nation. Dindigul Junction was ranked 39th with a score of 860.04 out of 1000 while Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Chennai Central station ranked 58th with a total score of 846.88.
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Among the Suburban stations (SG) in the state, four in Chennai were ranked among the top 10 dirtiest SGs in India. All the four stations receive heavy footfall from commuters every day during the peak hours. Guindy station was ranked as the dirtiest with a score of 258.51 out of 1000. It was followed by Velachery, Pazhavathangal and Chennai Beach.
The railway cleanliness survey is conducted every year to maintain cleanliness and hygiene at station premises. The stations were evaluated on parameters such as waste management, rainwater harvesting, water recycling and management, provision for the usage of renewable energy, green cover at the station, toilet facilities, etc.
The survey was done in five phases – Process evaluation, Direct observation, Citizen feedback, Station manager interview and Green railway stations scoring. As per the survey, the Southern Railway zone was ranked at 11th position this year, having slipped down five places from last year. This year, Swacch Rail, Swacch Bharat survey had assessed 611 NSG and 109 SG stations.