Indian Railways Seeks to Procure Vacuum Toilets For 13 Premier Trains

Indian Railways Seeks to Procure Vacuum Toilets For 13 Premier Trains

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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.

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  • 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:
    1. Bandra-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Special
    2. Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express
    3. Bandra-Ghazipur City Express
    4. Mumbai Veraval Express
    5. Dibrugarh Rajdhani
    6. Kaifiyat Express
    7. Vivek Express
    8. Kolkata-Ghazipur City Express
    9. Ananya Express
    10. 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.”

Vacuum Toilets-

  • 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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Shilpa
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Thanx for sharing with us. Indian Railway Passengers faced more problems because of these toilets, especially senior citizens. Now, Indian Railways will be putting toilets like aircraft in the trains. This will be more helpful for passengers.