In a major boost to the 'Swachh Bharat' mission, Indian Railways are introducing trains with human discharge free bio-toilets in all coaches. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the first Green Train Corridor in the country between Rameswarm and Manamadurai on Sunday.
The 114 kms track was identified to make it free from human waste discharge from trains, the Ministry of Railways said in a press release. Ten passenger trains consisting of 286 coaches moving over this section have been provided with bio-toilets, it said.
The Railways will also take up Okha-Kanalas Junction (141 Kms), Porbandar-Wansjaliya (34 Kms) and Jammu-Katra (78 Kms) routes for making them free from human waste discharge. For this, around 35 trains consisting of nearly 1110 coaches would be further provided with bio toilets and the work is underway, the ministry said.
It said, these sections and stations were selected for the projects because the number of trains originating and terminating at these stations and sections are comparatively less, thus making it operationally easier and faster to make them human-discharge free.
The bio-toilets technology has been developed jointly by Indian Railways and Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) through an MoU. This environment friendly, low cost and robust technology, is the first of its kind in railway systems in the world. In the bio-toilet fitted coaches, human waste is collected in tanks below the toilets and the same is decomposed by a consortium of bacteria.