Date Of Post: 17 Mar, 2018
New Delhi: The railways has installed more than 1 lakh bio-toilets in trains during 2015-2018, surpassing the target of 87,000 set by it, the government informed Parliament. Railways has installed 1,00,663 bio-toilets during 2015-d18 (till February) surpassing the cumulative target of installing 87,000 bio-toilets during this time period, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain told the Rajya Sabha.
- The expenditure booked for installation of bio-toilets by zonal railways from 2015 till December 2017 was Rs 513.97 crore, he said.
- In 2015-16, against a target of installing 17,000 bio-toilets, 15,442 were installed.
- In 2016-17, the target was 30,000, but the railways managed to install 34,134 bio-toilets.
- and during 2017-18 (till February) the target was set at 40,000, while 51,087 installations were achieved.
- The Ministry of Railways has advanced it earlier plan to fit bio-toilets in its entire fleet of coaches from 2021-22 to 2019.
- Anaerobic digestion process is applied for the processing human excreta in the bio-toilets that are being fitted in passenger coaches of trains.
- No human excreta is thrown on tracks from a bio-toilet fitted in trains.
- In these bio-toilets, fitted underneath the lavatories, human waste is collected and processed by anaerobic bacteria that converts it mainly into water & bio-gases (mainly Methane & Carbon Dioxide).
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