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Posted: Apr 10 (20:05)

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Apr 10 (20:04)   Don't throw sanitary pads, diapers and condoms in train toilet: Railway officials to commuters

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Officials plead with public not to throw non-biodegradable items like sanitary pads, diapers and condoms down toilet trains, as that can lead to blocks and unpleasant smells.When the Indian Railways developed the biotoilet technology a few years ago, in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation, they probably did not imagine that passengers would need to be told that a toilet is meant (and designed) to be used as a toilet, not a rubbish bin. Yet today that is what it has come down to. Despite railways’ best efforts and several awareness drives, passengers continue to misuse toilet facilities.Central and Western Railways have around 5,000 coaches each and nearly 90 per cent of them have been fitted with biotoilets, which use microbial technology to break down human waste into water and biogas. They are a big improvement on the “hole in the floor”, which led to discharge of excreta directly...
on to railway tracks and platform aprons. But although the new system has undoubtedly led to cleaner stations and tracks, passenger habits have made the job of toilet maintenance extremely challenging. Travellers regularly throw condoms, sanitary pads, diapers, gutka packets, and even garments and children’s clothing down the bowl. This despite the fact that each toilet comes with a dustbin.“Due to misuse our staff are forced to manually clean the toilets,” says one Central Railway official. “On average we get five cases of chocked toilets a day.”A Western Railway official has a similar story. “We have 116 trains. On average we get one case of chocked toilet in each train every day and staff are forced to attend the complaints on route.A blocked toilet is not only unusable, it leads to strong odour as well.”In the past the railways have made several efforts to educate the public. There is an information sticker in each toilet cautioning users not to dump waste. Information stalls on platforms make regular audio-visual appeals, but the problem persists.“Now we are beginning to fit an audio system inside the toilets. When a passenger opens the door, an audio jingle will automatically start, advising them to use the dustbin and not throw foreign items down the toilet,” says the Central Railway official.“Biotoilets are a major initiative by the Indian Railways to prevent untreated discharge of human waste. However, our experience shows that rail customers need to appreciate and co-operate by ensuring that no waste other than human waste is disposed inside the biotoilet for the system to work efficiently,” says Sunil Udasi, chief public relation officer (CPRO) of Central Railway.“A fool-proof mechanism is being devised to prevent choking of newly installed bio-toilets in train coaches,” says Ravinder Bhakar, CPRO, Western Railway. “We hope passengers will cooperate with us and maintain hygiene.”

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