Stepping up efforts to make rail tracks discharge-free zones, Indian Railway will convert into green corridor and zero toilet discharge section the nearly 114 km route between Rameswaram and Manmadurai in Tamil Nadu by the end of this month.
“Currently the trial is going on the route to ensure that the section becomes the first discharge-free zone in railways. It will be formally declared as green corridor in the last week of May ,“ said a senior railway ministry official involved in the bio-toilet project.
All trains passing through a zero toilet discharge section would have bio-toilets to eliminate open discharge of waste on tracks. A zero toilet discharge section envisages all trains passing on that particular route would have bio-toilets, which eliminate open discharge of waste on the tracks. There are about 14 stations between Rameswaram and Manmadurai and about 16 passenger trains use the track a day . All coaches of trains passing through the Manmadurai and Rameswaram section are now equipped with bio-toilets so there will be no waste discharge on the track, said the official. Bio-toilets eliminate open discharge of waste on the track as the waste is digested by specially developed bacteria.