New Delhi: Over 2 lakh bio-toilets have been installed in 60,906 train coaches of Indian Railways, the Ministry of Railways said on Saturday (August 24). Taking to Twitter, the ministry said that 2,18,515 bio-toilets have been installed in 60,906 coaches and the work is going at a rapid pace to installed it in remaining coaches as well.
“Indian Railways is making a significant contribution in keeping the environment clean and tidy. Under this, bio-toilets are being installed in trains, which will help in keeping the train and track clean. 2,18,515 bio-toilets have been installed in 60,906 coaches till now. Bio-toilets are being installed in the remaining coaches at a rapid pace,” the Ministry of Railways tweeted.
भारतीय रेल पर्यावरण को साफ सुथरा रखने में महत्वपूर्ण योगदान दे रही है । इसके तहत ट्रेनों में बायोटॉयलेट लग रहे हैं जिससे ट्रेन और पटरी को साफ रखने में सहूलियत होगी।अब तक कुल 60906 डिब्बों में 2,18,515 बायो टायलेट लगाए जा चुके हैं । बाक़ी डिब्बों में भी शीघ्रता से लगाए जा रहे है। pic.twitter.com/tKgKj12kQ4
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) August 24, 2019
The ‘Bio-Toilet project’ of Indian Railways is an innovative and indigenous development of technology. This technology is first of its kind being used by any railroad in the world for on-board accelerated digestion of human waste. These bio-toilets are fitted underneath the lavatories and the human waste discharged into them is acted upon by a colony of anaerobic bacteria that convert human waste mainly into water and small amounts of bio-gases.
The gases escape into atmosphere and waste water is discharged after chlorination onto the track. Human waste, thus, does not fall on the railway tracks thus improving cleanliness and hygiene at platforms, and facilitate track and coaches maintenance staff to perform their work more efficiently.
The technology for Bio-toilets have been innovated, designed and is ‘Made in India’. It has been developed jointly by Indian Railways’ Engineers & DRDO’s scientists. It is one example where the technology developed for defence applications has been utilised for civilian purpose.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.