17 Jun 2018: Railways mulling to replace bio-toilets with airplane-like toilets: Piyush Goyal
After installing bio-toilets in almost all the train coaches, Indian Railways is now mulling to replace them with "upgraded" vacuum bio-toilets (like those in an airplane), Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said.
"We are experimenting in this regard and have ordered around 500 vacuum bio-toilets. Once the experiment is successful, I'm willing to spend money to replace all 2.5 lakh toilets," Goyal said.
Total cost: Total cost to fit bio-toilets would cost Rs. 250cr
As of 31 May, nearly 1.37 lakh bio-toilets have been fitted in 37,411 coaches, at a cost of around Rs. 1 lakh per toilet.
Railway also planned to install bio-toilets in around 18,750 more coaches by March 2019.
The total cost of fitting bio-toilets in all coaches is around Rs. 250cr.
Toilets will be odor-free and will reduce water usage by 1/20th, Goyal added.
Fact: Railways will have 100% bio-toilets by March 2019: Goyal
"By March 2019, we will be 100% on bio-toilets, which in itself is a big achievement. The tracks will be cleaner, the smell will go away and rail renewal will be reduced," Goyal said.
UDAN: UDAN scheme gives good competition to railways, says Goyal
Hailing Civil Aviation Ministry's regional connectivity scheme, UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik), as a great achievement for India, Goyal said the competition was good for the railways.
"As Prime Minister says, now a person in hawai chappals can also afford to fly. It is a matter of great pride for this government that we are empowering the poorest of the poor," he said.