After installing bio-toilets in almost all train cars, the Railways of India are now considering replacing them with “improved” bio-baths, said Railways Minister Piyush Goyal.
In an interview with PTI, the minister said that to compete with the airlines, replacing the biological toilets with the latest version was one of the plans that the national carrier had to improve their services.
“We have started experimenting with vacuum bio-toilets like those found in an airplane, about 500 vacuum bio-baths have been ordered and once the experiment is successful, I am willing to spend money to replace all the toilets in 2.5 lakh in trains with vacuum bio-sanitary, “said Goyal.
As of May 31, 1,396,965 bio-restrooms have been installed in 37,411 coaches, at a cost of around Rs 1 lakh per toilet, according to officials of the railway ministry.
There is a plan to install bio-toilets in about 18,750 more coaches by March 2019, when all the coaches of the Indian railways will be reduced, “said Goyal.
Vacuum toilets, which cost around Rs 2.5 lakh per unit, will have no odor, will reduce water consumption by 1/20 and are much less likely to clog, he added.
Honoring the regional connectivity scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik), as a great achievement for the country, Goyal said that competition was good for the railways.
“As the prime minister says, now a person in Hawai’i chappals can also afford to fly in. It is a great pride for this government to empower the poorest of the poor, I also think it is great for the railways.
“This type of competition will encourage railroads and improve our service levels, and as responsible public servants, it is our duty to give full satisfaction to our customers,” he said.