The Khurda Road division of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has set a target to install bio-toilets in 2,000 train coaches during 2016-17 as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
This information was given by additional divisional railway manager (ADRM), Khurda Road division, S P Dwivedi after flagging off Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express as green train at Bhubaneswar railway station here on Sunday. All 22 coaches of the train are fitted with bio-toilets.
Dwivedi said the division has already fitted bio-toilets in 500 train coaches. "Efforts are on to achieve the target, but it depends on how many bio-toilets the division will receive from the Railway Board this year," he added.
He said A1 stations like Puri and Bhubaneswar are coming under Khurda Road division. Several trains originating from these stations and connecting religious and tourist destinations would be fitted with bio-toilets in the first phase for a greener and cleaner India, he added.
He said the bio-toilet aims at zero-defecation on ground and prevents damages to the track due to corrosion. It also checks bad smell coming out of toilets from the tanks, he added. It is environment friendly, said the ADRM.
ECoR sources said there are no chances of infestation of cockroaches and flies. Effluent is free from odour. There is no need for removal of solid waste, official sources added. Earlier, the ECoR provided this facility in Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express, Puri-Okha Express, Visakhapatnam-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express, Visakhapatnam-LTT Express and Visakhapatnam-Chennai Express.