24 July, Chennai
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu todaydedicated the first `green train corridor’ that would be free from human waste discharge from trains and said 30,000 more bio-toilets would be set up in trains this year.
Speaking after inaugurating a slew of projects, including the green rail corridor’ comprising the 114 km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch, he said with the provision of bio-toilets in all the coaches, discharge of human waste from trains on to the track would be completely eliminated, which in turn would help in improving cleanliness and hygiene, besides preventing corrosion of the tracks.
”The Railway Ministry have already provided 40,750 bio-toilets in its coaches till June this year and it is planned to equip more coaches with 30,000 bio-toilets in the current fiscal’, he added. Accordingly, ten passenger trains consisting of 286 coaches moving in this section have been provided with bio-toilets enabling the rail corridor free from discharge of human waste on the track.
The Rameswarm-Manamadurai stretch was identified to convertit into green train corridor as part of the Swachh Bharat Missionlaunched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It may be noted that the railways, under this Mission, was working to meet its ambitious target of providing bio-toilets in all coaches by September 2019.
Suresh Prabhu, who also inaugurated the high-speed wifi services at Chennai Central Station, also inaugurated the genetic medical service facilities under Ayush scheme at Perambur Railway Hospital. Apart from this, the Minister also inaugurated the newly laid fourth broad gauge line between Tiruvallur and Tiruvalangadu stations on the Chennai-Arakkonam section. Through video conferencing he also inaugurated various projects in several places.
Suresh Prabhu said the Ministry of Railways was focusing and giving priority to railway projects in Tamil Nadu and allocating funds multi-fold year after year, and particularly giving priority to projects like installation of escalators to assist passengers.
The Minister said, the entire Railway department was being digitalised and that the Indian Railways would be made as the efficient mode of transport in the country. The government at the Centre have announced various schemes and all efforts were being taken to fulfill them. ”We have initiated efforts to cut down expenditure in Railway department and increase revenue,’ he added.
The Railway Minister said ‘We are confident of making Indian Railways as the efficient mode of transport in the country. To realise this, we have been initiating various measures’, he added.