Chennai : The nation’s first Green Rail Corridor, a 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch in Tamil Nadu which ensures zero toilet discharge on rail tracks, was on Sunday inaugurated by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Trains in the section have been equipped with bio-toilets ensuring zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks. Inaugurating the corridor through video-conferencing from here, Prabhu said his ministry was committed to converting all toilets in railways to bio-toilets. He said till March 2016, a total of 35,104 bio-toilets had been provided and since then till last week 7,000 more new bio-toilets have been made operational.
“During 2016-17, our target is to provide 30,000 new bio-toilets and the benefits are obvious,” he said adding the initiative will also bring down maintenance cost significantly. “Before end of March next year, the line to (from Jammu) Katra will also be human waste free,” he said. He also inaugurated high speed upgraded Wi-Fi facility, set up in association with Google, at Chennai Central Railway Station and a similar facility at Tiruchirappalli through video conferencing. The Wi-Fi amenities were part of the digital India plan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.
He launched a traditional medicine centre under Ayush at Perambur Railway Hospital here, a broad gauge line between Thiruvallur and Thiruvalangadu stations on the Chennai-Arakkonam line.
On developing rail infrastructure, he said the Tamil Nadu government should go for a Joint Venture with Railways like other southern States. “I know we want to do more for Tamil Nadu. And for that, I had requested (Chief Minister) Jayalalitha, one of the great leaders of the state and India, madam ji to join hands with us so that we can have a JV for development,” he said.-PTI