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Published on : Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Railway Minister of India, Suresh Prabhu has announced on 19th October that India is set to install bio-toilets in all the existing and new trains to present a hygienic environment to the travellers during their journey with Indian Railways.
The minister has informed about the new bio-toilets at a green train corridor inauguration ceremony. Green train corridor tracks are those, which are completely free from human-waste.
Mr. Prabhu has stated, “Bio-toilets will be fitted in all new and existing trains and all railway lines in due course will be made completely free from human excreta. Earlier we have launched green corridor track in south India and today we are launching it in west India.”
During the ceremony, the minister has inaugurated 141 km green corridor on the Okha-Kanalus route and 34 km green corridor at the Porbandar-Wansjaliya route. In addition to the green corridors, the railways has also installed bio-toilets at 700 coaches of 29 trains.
According to Prabhu, it is easy to put the bio-toilets in the newly manufactured trains but it is a challenge to install those toilets in the old trains, which are already running. He has added that the railways has already given contract to build 85,000 bio-toilets for the trains.
The railways have already installed 14,000 bio-toilets in 2016 and they are planning to install 16,000 more before 2017.
On 24th July’16, the Southern Railway has successfully launched India’s first 114 km long green corridor from Manamadurai to Rameswaram.
Authorities have stated that the railways will complete the 78 km long green corridor on the Jammu-Katra section by March 2017.
The railways have already installed almost 48,000 bio-toilets on 14,000 coaches till date.