New Delhi, December 3, 2016: Railway aims to install bio-toilets in all passenger coaches by 2019 in order to enhance cleanliness and hygienic condition at the rail premises. It will also prevent corrosion of tracks. More than 45,000 such toilets have been installed in coaches till October this year.
A senior Railway Ministry official said, “The project of installation of bio-toilets in all passenger coaches has not yet been completed. The project is still in progress.”
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At present, there are over 900 trains in which bio-toilets have been installed, either in all the coaches or in some of the coaches of the trains.
“More and more trains are being progressively augmented with coaches fitted with bio-toilets,” he said. He further added, “All new coached will be equipped with bio-toilets during the manufacturing.”
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“The additional cost of providing bio-toilets in one coach (4 bio-toilets) is Rs 4 lakh approximately and for the in-service coaches, which require replacement of structural members for fitment of bio-toilets, the additional cost is approximately Rs 16 lakh per coach,” according to the railways.
The bio-toilets that are being fitted in passenger coaches uses anaerobic digestion process for the digestion of human excreta. No human excreta are thrown out on the railway track from a bio-toilet fitted in trains.
– by NewsGram team with PTI inputs