Bhubaneswar: The East coast Railway on Wednesday claimed that it has successfully completed the 100% installation of bio-toilets in trains. These bio-toilets convert the human waste into water and bio-gases with the help of bacteria. This mechanism of bio-toilets is very helpful in sustainable management of solid waste.
According an ECoR statement, the inventory of coaches of ECoR is 3247. All these coaches are now fitted with eco-friendly bio-toilets. Out of these, 2534 ICF coaches and 713 LHB coaches have been equipped with bio-toilets, said an official release.
The 100% installation of bio-toilets in ECoR coaches will not only help to maintain cleanliness by preventing discharge of human waste on railway tracks, but also protect tracks from corrosion. And, hence, it will reduce the maintenance cost of Railway assets, and improve safety of train operation, it said.
The ECoR has also improved the functioning of bio-toilets by introducing the Venturi system concept. This new system ensures proper cross-ventilation of fresh air in the toilets. It will overcome the issue of foul smell from the bio-toilets, it said.
“ECoR is also providing soft flush system in bio-toilets for easy flush out of waste. Litter bins are provided in each toilet fitted with bio-tanks to avoid dumping of waste into toilet pans. For awareness of passengers about proper use of bio-toilets, pictorial messages are displayed in coaches about Do(s) and Don’t(s) activities,” it added.