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All railway coaches manufactured by RCF in next fiscal will be fitted with bio-toilets

In this fiscal year it has fitted 950 coaches with bio-toilets, out of the total 1300 coaches it manufactured

Vijay C Roy  |  Chandigarh 

Continuing its efforts to provide a clean and eco-friendly travel to train passengers and at the same taking a step forward in fulfilling Rail Minister, Suresh Prabhu's vision of clean railways, the Rail Coach factory (RCF) based at Kapurthala in Punjab has decided that all the 1600 manufactured by it in the next fiscal year would be fitted with is a coach manufacturing unit of Indian

In this fiscal year it has fitted 950 with bio-toilets, out of the total 1300 it manufactured. Overall, it has fitted over 2400 with as on date. It is pertinent to mention here that stressing on the need to work towards Prime Minister, Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' drive, Rail Minister in his speech said, 17,000 more toilets will be replaced by

Speaking to Business Standard, a senior official in Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala informed, "From next fiscal year i.e. 2015-16, all the including conventional and LHB (Linke Hoffman Busch) manufactured here will be fitted with "
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In also called green toilets, a colony of anaerobic bacteria convert human waste mainly into water and small amount of gases (methane and CO2) in the has been fitted underneath the lavatories in The gases emit into the atmosphere and waste is discharged after chlorination onto the track. Human waste thus does not fall on the railway track.

This procedure is environment-friendly and improves the working condition for the railway track staff. According to railway officials, defacement and corrosion of railway tracks by night soil cost the exchequer in crores. The has the advantage of preventing corrosion of railway tracks, as it prevents discharge of human waste from the So all new inducted into will now come fitted with

in association with DRDE (Defence Research and Development Establishment), developed this highly cost effective indigenous technology for treatment of faecal waste in The technology provides an almost maintenance free and a low cost solution to the problem of open defecation on the railway tracks.

On being asked the production of in current fiscal year, he added," We are targeting to produce 1523 this year against the installed capacity of 1,500 per annum. Till date we have produced 1300 of different variants like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, and other mail/express trains.

First Published: Fri, February 27 2015. 16:12 IST
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