Sensors to deal with choked bio-toilets soon
New Delhi: The railways believes it has found a solution to deal with choked bio-toilets in trains. It will fix a sensor on the commode, which can detect if there is choking and send automatic alerts to the on-board housekeeping staff. To begin with, toilets in one coach have been fitted with sensors and railway officials said this will be rolled out in new coaches soon.
“The sensor will send alert to attendants, zonal and central control room as soon as it detects any increase in water level. This can be fixed in all new coaches that we will be building. We are hopeful of fitting this in existing coaches in near future,” a railway ministry official said.
One coach with these sensors was showcased at an event at New Delhi railway station to mark Gandhi Jayanti on Wednesday. “If the housekeeping staff does not attend to the problem within 30 minutes, the alert will be escalated to another level for action,” said Rajesh Agrawal, member (rolling stock) in railway board. Nearly 63,000 coaches have bio-toilets to end human excreta being disposed of on railway tracks.