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Nov 25 2016 (19:48)  Fitting Of Bio-Toilets In Trains (pib.nic.in)
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Government has planned to fit bio-toilets on all new and existing coaches to maintain cleanliness and hygiene by way of eliminating direct discharge of human waste on track from the train toilets.
The additional cost of providing bio-toilets in one coach (4 bio-toilets) is ₹4.0 lakhs approximately. For the in service coaches, which require replacement of structural members for fitment of bio-toilets, the additional cost is approximately ₹16.00 lakhs per coach
As per the current projections, bio-toilets are required to be fitted in approximately 45000 more coaches as on 31.10.2016.
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have been placed for supply and retro-fitment of bio-toilets in 8888 existing in-service coaches, on nine vendors at a total cost of ₹355.04 crores.
Four sections viz. Rameswaram-Manamadurai (114 Kms), Okha-Kanalus Junction (141 Kms), Porbandar-Wansjaliya (34 Kms) and Jammu-Katra (78 Kms), have been chosen in the first phase for making them Green Corridor i.e. Railway section free from any direct discharge of human waste on track from toilets of trains. Of these, Rameswaram-Manamadurai, Okha-Kanalus Junction and Porbandar-Wansjaliya sections have already been commissioned as ‘Green Corridors’.
No separate funds have been earmarked for creating Green Corridors, per se, since Green Corridors are created by running all the trains over these sections with only those coaches which are fitted with Bio-toilets.
This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 25.11.2016 (Friday).
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