Date Of Post: 13 Apr, 2018
New Delhi: Indian Railways has installed more than 1 Lakh bio-toilets in trains till March 2018, 7 years since 57 were installed in the Gwalior Varanasi Bundelkhand Express in January 2011, a statement from the Railway Ministry said. The ministry said, with 1,25,000 such toilets being installed, the ministry has now covered around 60% of coaching fleet of the railways.
- During 2017-18, the railways installed highest ever bio-toilets in coaches which is 40% higher than the set target of 40,000 bio-toilets and 64% higher than the fitment of 34,134 bio-toilets in 2016-17.
- The statement said,”Presently, railways has commissioned and operating 27 sections as Green Corridors. All the trains plying on these sections are running with coaches equipped with bio-toilets. Thus, there is no direct discharge of human waste from the trains running on these corridors.”
- The bio-toilet project of Indian Railways
- The toilets are fitted underneath the lavatories and the human waste discharged into them is acted upon by a colony of anaerobic bacteria that convert human waste mainly into water and small amount of bio-gases.
- The gases escape into atmosphere and waste water is discharged after chlorination onto the track.
- Human waste, thus, does not fall on the railway tracks, improving cleanliness and hygiene at platforms and facilitate track and coaches maintenance staff to perform their work more efficiently.