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India gets first green train corridor between Rameswaram and Manamadurai


mumbai railway trainMumbai: Western Railway services were disrupted due to technical snag in Mumbai on Monday. PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar (PTI6_20_2016_000052B)

Chennai: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday inaugurated country’s first `Green Train Corridor’, a 114 km Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch, which will be free from human waste discharge from trains.

All the trains running on the section have bio-toilets. This has eliminated human defecation on the tracks.

Speaking after inaugurating the country’s first green corridor through video conferencing from Chennai Central Railway Station, Prabhu said, “35,104 bio-toilets have been provided on trains and 30,000 more such toilets will be installed in the current financial year.”

Prabhu also inaugurated an upgraded free Wi-Fi at the Chennai Central which uses 99 antennae provided by Google.

“Indian Railways plans to extend Wi-Fi to 100 Stations during this year. We are committed to extend facility all over the country,” he added.