WINNER: Jodhpur WHY IT WON: From being ranked 187 in cleanliness among India’s railway stations in 2016, Jodhpur is now India’s ‘cleanest railway station’
IN A 2016 SURVEY, JODHPUR WAS RANKED 187 among India’s railway stations. By 2018, it had risen to the top of the NW Railway Zone rankings. Now it has won the India Today Safaigiri Award for the cleanest railway station in India.
Over 150 people, with 27 machines of various kinds, and equipped with gloves and masks, operate in three shifts to keep the station clean roundtheclock. There is a shelter area for sanitation workers to eat meals and rest during breaks. Station officials also levy penalties on violators. The station has been equipped with 180 dustbins, as well as a plastic bottlecrushing machine. Some 450 kg of scrap generated from this machine has been sent for recycling. The station also maintains a compost pit, which is used to fertilise the green areas around the station. ■
A NEW BROOM Sanitation workers cleaning a Jodhpur station’s platform