NEW DELHI, June 6: Stepping up efforts to make environment
better, the railways has set a target to install bio-toilets in all coaches to
ensure the entire rail network as zero discharge zone by 2019.
"Our target was to install bio-toilets in all our coaches by 2021. But now
we have advanced it to 2019," Railway Board Chairman AK Mital said at the
World Environment Day function here.
According to the action plan, railways will install 1.40 lakh bio-toilets in
about 55,000 coaches in the next three years.
Railways has installed about 37,000 bio-toilets in coaches till now.
Referring to the severe water crisis that the country is facing, Mital said
there is a need to save every drop of water.
Railways has also set a target of increasing the use of bio-diesel upto 5 per
cent of its total diesel consumption and also to focus on clean fuel like solar
and wind energy to reduce emission in a significant way.
Besides, it will ensure environment friendly disposal of all kinds of waste
being generated in the rail premises while setting up waste to energy plants at
"Whether it is for horticulture purpose, washing platforms or coaches
potable water should not be used," he said adding "washing plants are
being set up to recycle water."
Currently railways has about 32 water recycling plants and is generating about
12 million water per day.
"Our target is to reach 200 million litres per day by setting up more such
plants at major stations in the coming years," he said.
Besides recycling plants, railways has conducted energy audits and water audits
to reduce energy and water use in a considerable way.
On air quality, he said "It is very important to reduce the emission level
through use of clean fuel and also by increasing rail share in
Mital said there is also a move to shift road traffic to rail and for that
investment in rail infrastructure has increased in comparison to the past.
Currently railways share is about 30 per cent and we want it to increase upto
45 per cent to 50 per cent, he added.
Railways has also undertaken series of steps to plant trees and preserve water
bodies at railway land across the country.
In order to carry out the environment-related projects in a focused manner,
railways has created a separate directorate for it.
It has also been decided that one per cent of cost of each rail works will be
earmarked for environment projects.