Bhubaneswar, May 6: East Coast Railway (ECoR) has achieved a milestone in the field of environment cleanliness by installing all its conventional coaches with bio-toilets.
It is also an effort to provide clean and eco-friendly travel and fulfilling railway’s commitment towards the “Swachha Rail, Swachha Bharat” campaign. Installing bio-toilets in train converts the human waste into water and bio-gases with the help of bacteria. This mechanism of bio-toilets is very helpful in sustainable management of solid waste.
ECoR has installed bio-toilets in 2089 conventional coaches and achieved 100% bio-toilet fitment in all its coaches. Installation of all the conventional coaches with bio-toilets in ECoR will not only help to maintain cleanliness by preventing discharge of human waste on railway tracks, but also protect tracks from corrosion. And, hence, it will reduce the maintenance cost of Railway assets, and improve safety of train operation.
“ ECoR has also installed bacteria plants at Carriage Repair Workshop at Mancheswar and all its coaching depots at Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam, Puri and Sambalpur which are being used in the bio-toilets. ECoR is also providing a soft flush system in bio-toilets for easy flushing of waste. Litter bins are also provided in each toilet fitted with bio-tanks to avoid dumping of waste into toilet pans. For awareness of passengers about proper use of bio-toilets, pictorial messages are displayed in coaches about Do(s) and Don’t(s) activities, when using bio-toilets,” dsaid an official.