New Delhi: The Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh said that Sanitation in Railways is closely linked with Rail Safety. Talking to a select group of media here after inspecting the bio-digester based eco-friendly toilets at New Delhi Railway Station, he said, you must have clean railways for the safe railways.
A MoU was signed in the month of July this year between DRDO and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for bio- toilets developed by DRDO to be fitted in the existing as well as new rail coaches. Ramesh also offered to share half the cost of retrofitting all existing 50,000 coaches with bio-toilets in the next ten years, which will come about 250 crore rupees each year.
Moreover, all new coaches (about 5,000 per year) will be fitted with eco-toilets in next two to three years time. He said, the measure will not only prevent the corrosion of tracks but will also provide odourless toilets to passengers.
He said, about 20 million passengers, travel every day by train and at present waste is dumped directly on to the tracks because of the existing toilet system in trains. The Minister said, bio-toilets will be the cheapest way of disposing human waste and the DRDO experiment is unique in the world in case of transportation.