Date Of Post: 16 Apr, 2018
New Delhi: Railways is turning to vacuum toilets for 13 premier trains, including the Howrah Rajdhani, Goa Rajdhani, Amritsar Swarn Shatabdi & Bandra-Patna Humsafar.
The bio-toilets, which replaced open toilets in trains, have been prone to clogging due to dumping of waste such as bottles, pouches, plastic cups, paper and other material in the pans — resulting in foul smell.
- A senior Railway Ministry official said,”We are beginning with the procurement of 2,000 vacuum toilets for 13 trains — and later many more trains will have this facility.”
- All coaches of these trains will now have vacuum toilets:
- Bandra-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Special
- Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express
- Bandra-Ghazipur City Express
- Mumbai Veraval Express
- Dibrugarh Rajdhani
- Kaifiyat Express
- Vivek Express
- Kolkata-Ghazipur City Express
- Ananya Express
- Poorva Express
- The official said, all new Humsafar Express trains will also be equipped with vacuum toilets.
- The vacuum toilet will have a bio-digester to convert the waste into water and a suction pump that sucks out waste without need for much water to flush it.
- The official said,”This will help contain the foul smell as well as reduce the use of water.”
- Trials of vacuum toilets were carried out in the newly-launched premium train Tejas.
- Now it will be installed 13 more trains.
- The official said, the vacuum toilet costs around Rs 2.5 lakh, but the price will come down with the procurement of more such toilets.
- Meanwhile, the Railways has also tried to address the choking issue of bio-toilets by changing the shape of the pipes below the pan.
- As part of the Prime Minister’s “Swachh Bharat Mission”, Indian Railways had announced its aim of converting the entire rail route in the country into a discharge-free zone.
- The installation of bio-toilets in its entire coach fleet was part of this mission.
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