Tamil Nadu gets In­dia's first green rail cor­ri­dor

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

UNION MIN­IS­TER for Rail­ways Suresh Prabhu has in­au­gu­rated In­dia's first green rail cor­ri­dor be­tween Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram and Mana­madu­rai towns. All trains orig­i­nat­ing and ter­mi­nat­ing at Rameswaram have been fit­ted with bio-toi­lets. Al­to­gether, 563 bio-toi­lets have been fit­ted in 149 coaches han­dled by the sta­tion. De­vel­oped by the Rail­ways and the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion, bio-toi­lets col­lect hu­man waste in tanks and de­com­pose the waste us­ing spe­cialised bac­te­ria, en­sur­ing zero dis­charge on tracks. The cor­ri­dor is part of the Rail­ways' plan to con­trib­ute to the Cen­tre's Swachh Bharat cam­paign. The Rail­ways plans to pro­vide bio-toi­lets in coaches across In­dia by Septem­ber 19, 2019. Till June this year, it has al­ready pro­vided 40,750 bio-toi­lets.

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