Date of Post: 16 Sep, 2018
New Delhi: Railways will try Japanese technology in bio-toilets, at a few selected stations as a pilot project to ascertain its efficiency in the Indian system. While, 2 such toilets will be installed in the capital and Varanasi stations, 1 bio-toilet is already operational at Madgaon station in Konkan railway route.
- Japan will give 150 bo-toilets for free as per the pilot project and all these will be installed at various stations and not in trains.
- An official said, the use of Japanese technology for bio-toilets will depend upon the results of the pilot project.
- Japanese bio-toilet technology is different from the ones used on Indian Railways.
- It is based on sawdust and special churning system to decompose the faecal matters in toilet tank, while the Indian technology depends on bacteria-driven process.
- Smooth functioning of toilets is very essential for the national transporter as some train journey lasts for 30 to 40 hours.
- Besides, Railways also plans to test hybrid toilets – bio-vacs – which are bio-toilets with the vacuum flush facility.
- The national transporter is procuring 2,000 bio-vacuum hybrid toilets for 500 coaches and will scale up depending on the response.
- The Indian Railways aims to complete the installation of bio-toilets in all coaches by March 2019.
- The bio toilets were fitted first in new coaches and then retrofitted in the old ones.
- This is done at railway workshops in Mumbai’s Parel, Bhopal and Jhansi.
- Railways has set a high target of installing 90,000 bio-toilets in 22,500 coaches in the current fiscal.
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