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Published on : Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Rameswaram to Manamadurai is the country’s first Green-Rail Corridor. This 114 km long stretch of Tamil Nadu ensures zero toilet discharge on rail tracks. It was inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Trains in the section have been equipped with bio-toilets ensuring zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks.
The railway minister inaugurated the line through a video conference and said his ministry was committed to converting all toilets in railways to bio-toilets.
Developed by the Indian Railways and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), bio-toilets collect human waste in tanks and decomposes the waste using bacteria, thus ensuring zero discharge on tracks.
Till March 2016, a total of 35,104 bio-toilets had been provided and till now 7,000 more new bio-toilets have been made operational.
He said that in order to contribute to the Prime Minister’s vision of Swachh Bharat, Indian Railways has decided to provide bio-toilets in all coaches by September 19, 2019.
Mr. Suresh Prabhu also added that, before the end of March 2017, the line from Jammu to Katra will also be human waste free. Okha-Kanalus Section of Western Railway of 141 km will be made discharge free by September, and Porbander-Wasjalian section of 34 km by October.
These sections and stations were chosen, because the number of trains originating and terminating at these stations and sections are few, thus making it operationally easier and faster to make them human discharge free.
He also inaugurated high speed upgraded Wi-Fi facility, set up in association with Google, at Chennai Central Railway Station, through video conferencing facility.