Indian railways train toilets set for makeover

Made of imported Korean material, the interiors of western-style toilets for AC coaches are predominantly white with soft, non-reflective LED illumination.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 11:53 am
The new toilet made for non-AC coaches carries a signature blue theme with a “posh look”, officials said.

Toilets in the trains, an abiding pain-point for the Railways and its passengers, are finally set to get a major makeover to resemble those in premium-class airlines. Railways is ready with a prototype of new ergonomic, modular toilets for all AC as well as non-AC classes.

 

Made of imported Korean material, the interiors of western-style toilets for AC coaches are predominantly white with soft, non-reflective LED illumination. The typical steel sink has been replaced with a modular wash-basin. The toilet seat is attached with stainless steel, anti-theft fittings. Railway engineers had also tried sensor-based touch-free taps as well, but that idea was done away with, sources said.

The new toilet made for non-AC coaches carries a signature blue theme with a “posh look”, officials said.

 

Complete with modern toiletries and with specially coated flooring to minimise soiling, the toilets also have an automatic fragrance dispenser and soap dispenser. There is absolute concealed plumbing and even the door-locks have been made aeroplane-like. These are all zero-discharge bio-toilets.

 

It would take Railways an extra of Rs 3.5 lakh per toilet to make the upgrade, sources said.

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    Mohammed
    Apr 22, 2017 at 9:27 am
    Kindly request for Indian toilet. With western toilet. Thanks a lot
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      NS
      Apr 21, 2017 at 8:26 am
      Well when the users are filthy and obnoxious what can makeovers do? More than half won't know how to use European style toilets and the remaining won't use them properly despite knowing..so
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        sunny
        Apr 21, 2017 at 6:36 am
        congrtsss.......but sir warer rahega na....still the problem is ki jab hum log subha fresh hone jane hai to water to rehta hi nai hai......
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          Prabhu Kumar
          Apr 20, 2017 at 9:58 pm
          That's a good initiative....however Indian p engers need a makeover more than trains.
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            Mrityunjay Singh
            Apr 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm
            Welcome step by Indian railways..people gets clean toilets..hats off to Suresh Prabhu ji..
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              MSB
              Apr 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm
              P engers should have proper civic sense to keep it clean
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                MSB
                Apr 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm
                WOW!!!. Am I dreaming?
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                  Florence Raju
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 3:38 pm
                  With or without water?
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                    Raajendra
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 7:19 pm
                    Be positive
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                    Shekhar
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm
                    Welcome move. As someone had pointed out in the forum-- Railways is thinking seriously for the p engers after this Govt. has come in power. A year back I was on a 3 tier AC and was impressed with the staff coming and cleaning every 2 hours (A train from Mumbai- South India). Mr. Prabhu needs to be commended for the active and positive thinking. Good Luck!
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                      Sohail khan
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                      Whatever railway is doing good,but I am worried about general coaches. Railway should take any step to improving them.
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                        Sumit
                        Apr 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                        Welcome move. The tendency and work culture and work thinking in the Indian railway is changing drastically after this new government came to power. The trains which employ these ultra modern toilets also can announce through voice system in each compartment in local languages how to use it and how make it always clean and tidy. Along with this I suggest the Indian railway to abolish the British era booking system of reservation. In this modern world, hurry-bury life, the people decide travel long distance after a phone call comes. When someone goes to railway station, he must get a seat and berth to sleep without 90 days advance booking.
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                          Vinay J
                          Apr 20, 2017 at 2:01 pm
                          All wishes to railways minister for sanctioning 3.5 lakhs on each toilet. 3.5 lakhs is not much money as long the money is coming from tax-payers money and as long it is going to some corporate (and not to poor people like farmers, etc). Even bigger wishes to the minister for roping in a foreign contractor for this. After all money spend on a foreign corporate is what is known a vikas.
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                            Harshit Malhotra
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm
                            Money for railways doesn't guarantee that money for farmers is not being metted out. Stop harbouring misconceptions.
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                            RK singh
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm
                            Doubtful. Even toilet in planes are bad these days.
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                              Sumit
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm
                              So what you want to say? Railways should nt try forever or to wait till all the people learn how to use ultra modern toilets?
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                              Kamat
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm
                              This news is only good to the ears. Impossible to implement for Indian Railways unless proper awareness and controls are set in place. If this makeover is successful, only then ..... KOODOS to the government. No appreciation in advance. It is always easier said than done.
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                                Curry Boy
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm
                                I am just imagining what UP and Bihar will do to this toilet in a week. :p
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                                  yash sehgal
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm
                                  Kudos..public utilities show the sensitivity of the local govt administration.. In towns n cities , no public toilets r seen even if a person is willing to pay.. Some places of tourist unrerest , national or international, lack in public utilities but thw boast of "cleanliness" even in Gangtok in Sikkim to Sweden, i could not find them.. Tourists face a great difficulty.. If a person is having pressure to urinate or answer nature's call n that is not available nearby , what will he enjoy? Will he? At great distance, public toilet was available in a restaurant in Sweden at a chaege of five kroners ..Railways is doing a good job but it must also provide such toilets on every platform for waiting p engers..Muni lities too learn a lesson if they can (which they will never, i believe)
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                                    MVK
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                                    Great news. It is a long due process which should have been in places several decades ago. Still, better late than never. However, without a collective cleanliness and collective responsibility, all these efforts by Railway would be a waste and come to nothing.
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                                      hbn
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                                      please run these trains only in West and South India...bihar n bengal dont deserve this as they have no civic sense
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                                        sourabh prakash
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm
                                        yes..I tend to agree with you. Running these trains in Bengal ,Jharkhand ,bihar will make these trains filthy..
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                                        qasim
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm
                                        Very good moove by railway. But the p engers must be trained. Most of the p engers are from rural areas and it wiil be very difficult for them to use it.
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                                          krishnadas
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                                          Good move , but are we ready to keep it neat and tidy after use ..
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                                            Harikrishnan
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm
                                            Commendable effort, though it is not going to help. Everybody want the government to employ one person per toilet so that it can be cleaned after use by every person. Cleanliness is a culture which unfortunately very few Indians have.Proper usage of toilets including flushing he tollets after use is very frequently violated with the result the Airline cl toilets will become a government maintained public toilet in a few days. More than a negative comment, this is the way Indians are and it will take decades of "Swatch/Clean Bharath" liuke initiative to bring that culture.
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