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Rail Budget 2012: Bio-Toilets To Be Installed In 2500 Coaches At Rs. 1 Lakh Per Unit

Apart from raising fares, this year’s Rail budget also lays stress on passenger safety and hygiene. According to Rail Minister Dinesh Trivedi’s 2012 Rail Budget, providing good and healthy sanitation to the passengers on long distant trains will be one of the most important tasks of the Govt. for the next one year.

Bio-Toilet System test run on Bundlekhand Express from Gwalior to Jhansi

Bio-Toilet System test run on Bundlekhand Express from Gwalior to Jhansi

For this purpose, it has been planned to install Bio-Toilets in more than 2500 railways coaches which will be used in Long distant trains. The Bio-Toilets will be manufactured at the Kapurthala Coach Factory in association with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and will be installed in the coaches.

Maintenance staff assessing the working of the Bio-toilets

Maintenance staff assessing the working of the Bio-toilets

The total cost of manufacturing and installing one such bio-toilet is estimated to be around Rs. 1 lakh per unit which puts the total cost of this entire affair to be around Rs. 25 crores.

PLC Controller - Logic / Machine controls of the Biotoilet system.

PLC Controller - Logic / Machine controls of the Biotoilet system.

These measures are being taken by the Indian Railways as a part of its green initiatives and also to reduce the cost of cleaning the tracks which is currently over Rs. 350 crore per year.

How does a bio-toilet work?

The main principle is that the bacteria inside these toilets break down the waste excreta into water and gas. Water is passed through chlorine for purification and Gas is discharged into the atmosphere. In this video below you can see how does a Bio toilet actually work.

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