Green Corridor Inaugurated : Okha - Kanalus and Porbandar-Wansjaliya Sections

Updated : 20.10.2016

Green Corridor Inaugurated : Okha - Kanalus and Porbandar-Wansjaliya Sections 



Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated and dedicated the “Okha-Kanalus and Porbandar-Wansjaliya Sections in Gujarat of Western Railways as Green Corridor Sections (Free from human waste discharge from trains). Following are the details. 

In a further move to accelerate green initiatives as also to implement Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a programme held on 19.10.2016 at Railway Bhawan inaugurated and dedicated to the nation the “Okha-Kanalus and Porbandar - Wansjaliya Sections in Gujarat of Western Railways as Green Corridor Sections (Free from human waste discharge from trains), Indian Railway announced through a press release.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways, being the biggest commercial organization of the country, is continuously in practice to adopt environmentally sustainable practices so that environment is not degraded. He said that since the existence of Indian Railways, it has been a problem to make the railway-lines free from human waste discharge. But now, bio-toilets will be fitted in all new and existing trains and all railway lines in due course will be made completely free from human excreta. However, he appealed to the general public to use these bio-toilets properly and not to throw solid waste in it such as water bottles, match box etc. etc. so that these bio-toilets do not become non-functional. 

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways and Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) Shri Manoj Sinha said that since recent past, Indian Railways is doing exceedingly well to ensure environment friendly development and today’s Green Corridor Section is an important development. He said that Indian Railways is not only fitting bio-toilets in new rail coaches but also replacing the same in the existing coaches of daily running trains. He said that this is an extraordinary performance of the Railway Officers. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain said that the target of making the Indian Railways completely human discharge free by 2021-22 is certainly a mammoth task but this target will be achieved before its deadline. He said that Indian Railways is committed to provide cleanliness and hygienic environment to the railway passengers and is on the pursuit of achieving excellence. 

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In order to contribute to mission ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Ministry of Railways have taken up a mammoth task of providing human discharge free bio-toilets in all its coaches and the same would be completed by 2021-22. With provision of bio-toilets in all its coaches discharge of human waste from trains onto the ground would be completely stopped which in turn would help in improving cleanliness and hygiene. Ministry of Railways have already provided around 48,000 bio-toilets in about 14,000 passenger coaches. 

So far during the current financial year 14,000 bio-toilets have already been fitted in coaches and it is planned to fit an additional of 16,000 bio-toilets in coaches in the remaining part of current financial year. 

Indian Railways in its commitment to provide hygienic environment to passengers and to keep station premises/tracks clean, have developed environment-friendly Bio-toilets for its passenger coaches. The technology has been developed jointly by Indian Railways (IR) and Defence Research and  Development Organization (DRDO) for railway passenger coaches through an MoU. In the bio-toilet fitted coaches, human waste is collected in tanks below the toilets and the same is decomposed by a consortium of bacteria. 

In order to have visible benefits in terms of cleaner environment owing to provision of bio-toilets in coaches, Rameswaram-Manamadurai (114 Kms) section of Tamil Nadu in Southern Railway was identified to make it a Human Waste Discharge Free Train Corridor (free from human waste discharge from trains). Accordingly, 10 passenger trains consisting of 286 coaches moving over this section have been provided with bio-toilets. This section was formally inaugurated by Minister Railways from Chennai as a Green Train Corridor on 24.07.2016. 

In continuation of this exercise, Okha-Kanalus Junction (141 Kms) and Porbandar - Wansjaliya (34 Kms) sections of Gujarat in Western Railway dedicated to the nation as Green Train Corridors by Minister of Railways. For this, 29 trains consisting of nearly 700 coaches have been provided with bio toilets. 

Subsequently, Jammu-Katra (78 Kms) section of Northern Railway would also be taken up for making it free from human waste discharge from trains and the target for completion is by March 2017. 


These sections and stations were chosen, because the number of trains originating and terminating at these stations and sections are few, thus making it operationally easier and faster to make them human-discharge free. With proliferation of Bio-toilets in all the coaches, eventually all the sections of Indian Railways shall become Green Corridor – free from human waste discharge contributing to Mission Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. 


Updated : 24.07.2016

First Green Train Corridor of Indian Railway : Rameswaram and Manamadurai


Today Railway Minster Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurate the first Green Train Corridor of Indian Railway between Rameswaram and Manamadurai, free from human waste discharge, Indian Railway announced through a press release regarding this. This is also a part of Go Green Mission of Indian Railway  programme. The inauguration will be done from Chennai station through video conferencing between Chennai and Rameswaram station.  Further details related to this are following.
First Green Train Corridor of Indian Railway
Bio-Toilets in Trains


This is an appreciable contribute to mission ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. Providing human discharge free bio-toilets in all its coaches and the same would be completed by September 2019 is a very great task taken by Indian Railway. With provision of bio-toilets in all its coaches discharge of human waste from trains on to the ground would be completely stopped which in turn would help in improving cleanliness and hygiene. Ministry of Railways have already provided 40,750 bio-toilets in its coaches till 30th June, 2016 and in the current financial year, it is planned to fit additional 30,000 bio-toilets.

The Rameswarm-Manamadurai (114 Kms) track was identified to make it Green Train Corridors- free from human waste discharge from trains. Accordingly, 10 passenger trains consisting of 286 coaches moving over this section have been provided with bio-toilets.

After Rameswarm-Manamadurai, Okha-Kanalas Junction(141 Kms), Porbandar-Wansjaliya (34 Kms) and Jammu-Katra(78 Kms) would also be taken up for making them free from human waste discharge from trains. For this around 35 trains consisting of nearly 1110 coaches would be further provided with bio toilets and the work is underway. These sections and stations were chosen, because the number of trains originating and terminating at these stations and sections are few, thus making it operationally easier and faster to make them human-discharge free.

Indian Railways in its commitment to provide hygienic environment to passengers and to keep station premises/tracks clean, have developed environment-friendly Bio-toilets for its passenger coaches. The technology has been developed jointly by Indian Railways (IR) and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for railway passenger coaches through an MoU. This environment friendly, low cost and robust technology, is the first of its kind in Railway Systems in the world. In the bio-toilet fitted coaches, human waste is collected in tanks below the toilets and the same is decomposed by a consortium of bacteria.

Concepts for Non-Stinking Toilets in Trains



Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to throw a challenge to Indians to see if a solution could be suggested by users who complain about train toilets being dirty and stinky. Entries were sought on the online platform mygov.in and the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow, website on 31.05.2016, and engineers, students, architects, entrepreneurs and others from various walks of life responded. 

Total   677 entries received and the first prize was declared in favour of a group of Engineers from Coimbatore.  Railway has not yet implemented the concept. The first prize winning concept envisages use of 0.75 litres of water per flush and the concept is non-stinking toilet in trains that require less water.

Today Railway Minster Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inagurate the first Green Train Corridor of Indian Railway between Rameswaram and Manamadurai, free from human waste discharge, Indian Railway announced through a press release regarding this. This is also a part of Go Green Mission of Indian Railway programme. The inauguration will be done from Chennai station through video conferencing between Chennai and Rameswaram station. Further details related to this are following.

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