Discharge-free green toilets to clean up tracks

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi, Feb 26 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 04:40am hrs
Railway minister Lalu Prasad is embarking on a move to clean up the railway stations and cut down corrosion of tracks. The railways trains will have discharge-free green toilets in all the coaches by 2011-12.

Discharge from toilets of train has been the prime reason for poor sanitation facility at stations and that is why we have decided to provide green toilets in all the 36,000 coaches by the end of the terminal year of current Five-Year Plan, Prasad informed Parliament.

The railways have tested various designs that can work in India and has seen the model that could be successful here. Additionally, stainless steel coaches will have modular toilets. Apart from attractive interiors, these toilets will have arrangement for cleanliness, hygiene, water discharge, air circulation and lighting.

Also, with on-board cleaning on all Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains yielding satisfactory results, a similar process will be adopted for all superfast mail and express trains. Cleaning work in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains is mainly done by professional agencies and more such agencies are likely to be roped in for other trains as well.

Cleaning of trains at present is mostly done at the originating station. In case of long-distance trains, cleaning is also carried out at one of the intermediate stations.