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Railways sign agreement for upkeep of bio-toilets

10 Apr

Alarmed by the rate of failure of bio-toilets fitted in 53 coaches of trains maintained by Bhusawal division, largely because of the people not following instructions, has forced Railways to enter into annual maintenance contract with an agency.

“The Bhusawal Division has fitted bio-toilets manufactured jointly by Indian Railways and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 53 coaches maintained by it. At the same time, the division has also been given the responsibility of maintaining toilets of Amravati Express – which was earlier done by Mumbai. We have, therefore, decided to go for annual maintenance contract,” a senior official from Bhusawal Division, Central Railways said.

The division had installed bio-toilets in 53 coaches and most of them were installed in the passenger trains used by rural crowd. “Lack of awareness among passengers and the habits of throwing all the waste down the traditional toilet block chokes these bio-toilets resulting in calling for service a large number of times,” the senior officer said.

When asked about the rate of failure, the officer said it was difficult to point out given the fact that they were brought in for maintenance randomly – some after a week’s time and others after three months or even more.

“One thing is for sure that the maintenance required is very high and this is largely arising out of the wrong usage of the toilets. If people stick to guidelines, we will not require the toilets to be visited at least for six months – or even more time – except for the regular cleanliness,” the officer added.

The bio-toilets contain anaerobic bacteria that breaks down human excreta into methane and other gases that escape in the air and into water that falls on the tracks without affecting the cleanliness of the area.

“The maintenance of recharging the bacteria is required if it is below specific concentration. Hence, we are planning to give the system on contract for maintenance and once this is established we are also planning to increase the numbers of coaches from current 53 to at least 100 in the near future,” the officer said.

The menace – according to the officers – was the plastic containers such as water bottles, wrappers of snacks, the gutkha packets that affected the system frequently.

The officer said the Railways was carrying out all possible measures to ensure the people do not fiddle with the toilet blocks. They were airing a message through the audio and visual mode at railways stations, posters in coaches fitted with the equipment, messages and pictures about the things to do.

“We have also put up dustbins inside the toilets so that the people do not drop waste through the toilet blocks,” the officer said.

The Bhusawal Division has fitted bio-toilets manufactured jointly by Indian Railways and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 53 coaches maintained by it. At the same time, the division has also been given the responsibility of maintaining toilets of Amravati Express

The Bhusawal Division has fitted bio-toilets manufactured jointly by Indian Railways and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 53 coaches maintained by it. At the same time, the division has also been given the responsibility of maintaining toilets of Amravati Express.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/Railways-sign-agreement-for-upkeep-of-bio-toilets/articleshow/51722038.cms

 

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