The nation’s first Green Rail Corridor, a 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai extent in Tamil Nadu was inaugurated by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
What is a Green Rail Corridor?
- In order to improve cleanliness and hygiene, Trains in the green corridor have been fitted with bio-toilets, which ensure zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks.
- All trains on this route will have bio-toilets to ensure zero discharge of human waste on the track. These include 14 stations with 10 passenger trains, consisting of 286 coaches.
- In coaches with bio toilets, human waste is collected in tanks below the toilets and is decomposed by a consortium of bacteria and then the water is discharged on the tracks.
- Indian railways signed a MoU with DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization) for the development of this technology.
- This green corridor is aimed towards the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Railways have set the target of providing bio-toilets in all the coaches by September, 2019 in order to prevent open defaecetation on the railway tracks.
Union Railway minister inaugurated the corridor through video conferencing between Chennai and Rameswaram station and also he addresses the importance of the bio – toilets in this ceremony. Till July around 42,000 bio – toilets have been installed in several trains running throughout India.
As a part of Digital India Plan, he also inaugurated high speed upgraded Wi-Fi facility, set up in association with Google, at Chennai Central Railway Station and a similar facility at Tiruchirappalli through video conferencing.
On his visit to Chennai, Suresh Prabhu also launched a traditional medicine centre under Ayush at Perambur Railway Hospital and a broad gauge line between Thiruvallur and Thiruvalangadu stations on the Chennai-Arakkonam line.
The railway minister also added that following this green corridor, the following routes will also be fitted with bio – toilets,
- Okha-Kanalas (141 km),
- Porbandar-Wansjaliya (34 km)
- Jammu-Katra (78 km) sections