The India’s first Green Rail Corridor was launched on the 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch in Tamil Nadu. Trains in the section have been equipped with bio-toilets ensuring zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks. Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu launched the India’s first Green Rail Corridor through video-conferencing from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Rameswarm-Manamadurai (114 Kms) track was identified to make it green train corridor – free from human waste discharge from trains.
- Trains in the green corridor will have facilities of bio-toilets, which will make sure zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks thereby improving cleanliness and hygiene.
- The green corridor will contribute to ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ that was initiated by our Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi.
- Indian Railways has fixed the target of providing bio-toilets in all the coaches by September, 2019.
- Till now, a total of 40,750 bio-toilets have already been provided and 7,000 more new bio-toilets have been made operational.
- Railway ministry is saying that they will provide 30,000 new bio-toilets. It ensures its benefits.
- Before end of March 2017, the line to (from Jammu) Katra will also be human waste free.
Do You Know this fact about Green Rail Corridor?
• The Green Rail Corridor ensures here zero toilet discharge on rail tracks as part of its commitment to clean environment under the ‘Swachh Rail-Swachh Bharat’ initiative.
• Also trains in the section have been equipped with bio-toilets to ensure zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks.
What are Bio-toilets/green toilets?
- Toilets currently used in passenger coaches are of flush types, in which human wastes are discharged directly into the tracks, leading to unhygienic ecosystem and corrosion of rail tracks. This makes ecosystem unhygienic.
- To overcome this problem, Indian Railway is carrying out field trials with various types of Environment Friendly Green Toilets.
- By use of such toilets, we will have no human waste on railway tracks and therefore, cleaner and greener station premises and tracks.
- Controlled Discharge Toilet System (CDTS) discharges waste on the run only after train speed reaches 30 kmph.