Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Konkan Railway introduces 'green' toilets

The cost savings on bio-toilets are high, as much as 70 percent, compared to regular toilets. While a regular toilet costs around Rs.100,000, a bio-toilet can be put up at just Rs.30,000


Konkan Railway introduces 'green' toilets (© Reuters)

Mumbai: Regular toilets will be replaced by eco-friendly bio-toilets for disposing human waste at all stations of the Konkan Railway (KR), an official said here Wednesday.

Two railway stations, Chiplun and Kankavali on the KR route, had earlier been selected for installing the country's first green toilets to bio-degrade night soil through technology developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

"The technology, while permitting eco-friendly and quicker disposal of human waste, is also economical. Passengers and locals at both Chiplun and Kankavali have appreciated the efforts of the railways," the official said.

Encouraged by the public response, KR has now decided to set up such toilets at all the major stations on its network.

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