With a view to maintain total cleanliness on the tracks at railway stations, the Railways will install bio-toilets in each coach. Testing of seven models, collected from across the globe, are on, Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa said here on Thursday.
Speaking to presspersons after an interactive meeting with the agencies and contractors engaged in construction activities, the Minister said that the Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) has been entrusted with the job of conducting trials on various models of toilets. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, he said, was particular about maintaining cleanliness in the stations and once the trial of bio-toilets at the Integral Coach Factory, suitable to Indian conditions was complete, the best would be introduced in the Rajdhani Express and other important trains after a few months.
Mr. Muniyappa said three world-class stations have been sanctioned at Bangalore City, Byappanahalli and Mangalore.
He said that the ministry was holding consultations on policy matters such as funding them and the type of infrastructure to be created at such stations. For the Byappanahalli station, the inception report had been approved by the Railway Board and the State Government had cleared it. Land required for the project at NGEF was yet to be decided, he said.
He added that his ministry was spending Rs.785 crore on various projects in the State.