Sen­sors to deal with choked bio-toi­lets soon

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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.

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