Chandigarh/Kapurthala: The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala is gearing up to install around 1,300 bio-toilets in various trains during the current fiscal year, in line with the proposal made in the Railway Budget.
"We have been given the target for equipping coaches (estimated to be around 500 coaches of two or four toilets each) with 1,300 green toilets in the rail budget for 2012-13," a factory official said on Thursday. RCF has already replaced conventional toilet system in coaches with green toilets in various trains including Gwalior-Indore Express and Lucknow -Mumbai CST Pushpak Express.
"Three more rakes of Indore Jammu Tawi Malwa Express, Nizammudin-Indore Intercity Express and Varanasi-Mumbai CST Mahanagari Express have been targeted for this month," he said. Railways has been laying emphasis on replacing open discharge toilets with green toilets with an aim to dispose of human excreta in an environment-friendly way.
The creation of bio-toilets is based on technology provided by Gawalior-based Defence Research and Development Establishment. Under this system, anaerobic bacteria are used to convert human excreta into disinfected liquid, that is then discharged on the tracks.