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Manamadurai­ – Rameswaram rail track to become first green corridor

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Steps taken:

  • To make rail tracks discharge free zones
  • Indian Railway will convert into green corridor and zero toilet discharge section.

Train route:  Nearly 114 km route between Rameswaram and Manmadurai in Tamil Nadu by the end of this month.

A zero toilet discharge section:train

  • It forecast all trains passing on that particular route would have bio­toilets which eliminate open discharge of waste on the tracks.
  • There are about 14 stations between Rameswaram and Manmadurai.
  • About 16 passenger trains use the track everyday.
  • All coaches of trains passing through the Manmadurai and Rameswaram section are now equipped with bio­toilets.


  • Bio ­toilets eliminate open discharge of waste on the track as the waste is digested by specially developed bacteria.
  • Only small amount of clean water is discharged in the process.

Future Implementation :

  • Kanalus ­Dwarka­ Okha and Porbunder­ Wansjalya train routes in Gujarat will have zero toilet discharge sections.
  • Jammu ­Katra route will also be made a zero­ discharge section.

 Other Related Information:

  • Currently, Railways have installed more than 20,000 bio­toilets in trains
  • It has set a target to fit 17,000 more this fiscal.
  • It costs about Rs 3.5 lakh to install four Zero Discharge Toilet Systems in a coach.