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Railway tracks to be free from discharge of human waste

  • Bio toilets to be installed on trains marking completion of the first year of the launch of Swachh Bharat Campaign by Prime Minister.
  • Indian Railway has undertaken an initiative to make 367 km of tracks free from discharge of human waste from toilets on trains in the current fiscal.
  • To begin with, the 141 km Kanalus-Dwarka-Okha and the 34 km Porbunder-Wansjalya sections will become “zero toilet discharge” routes on October 2.
  • Trains on the Jammu-Katra section, covering 78 km, and the 114 km track between Rameswaram and Manamadurai stations will be equipped with bio-toilets by March next year.
  • Indian Railway has already installed more than 17,000 bio-toilets on trains till March 2015 and has  set a target for as many more this financial year.
  • It costs about Rs 3 lakh to install four bio-toilets in a coach and about 6000 coaches are now fully equipped with the facility.

Source: The Indian Express

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