Railways: New toilet system with urinals, separate washrooms for men, women in offing

Railways is gearing up to acquire 25 E5 Shinkasen series bullet trains from Japan at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore for the Modi government's first bullet train project.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 11, 2017 12:00 pm

Rail passengers can look forward to an entirely new kind of toilet system — urinals, western style toilets with hot water and washing closet seat facility and separate washrooms for men and women equipped with triple mirrors for make-up. The E5 Shinkansen series bullet trains to be pressed into service on the upcoming Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed corridor will also have baby changing rooms comprising baby toilet seats, tables for diaper disposal and a low sink for children for washing hands.

Railways is gearing up to acquire 25 E5 Shinkasen series bullet trains from Japan at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore for the Modi government’s first bullet train project. The 731-seater E5 series Shinkansen bullet train, a new generation Japanese high speed train, will also have multi-purpose room to be used for breast feeding and also for sick passengers.

Besides, there will be two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers in the 10-coach high speed train. Facilities of separate rest rooms and toilets for men and women while introducing wall mounted type urinals for men in the high speed train are in the offing for the first time in Indian Railways, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the Rs 1 lakh crore bullet train project.

However, urinals and toilets will be installed in alternate coaches in the train. For example, toilets will be installed in coach number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 while urinals will be available in coach number 2, 4, 6 and 8. Washrooms for men and women will also be placed in similar way. There will be luggage space for business class passengers in the train. Besides business, there will be also Standard class passengers. While the train will have 698 seats for Standard class, 55 seats will be earmarked for Business class.

The bullet train with seating facility will take about 2 hours 7 minutes to travel 508-km distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Most of the corridor will be elevated, except for a 21 km underground tunnel between Thane and Virar, of which 7 km will be under sea. The undersea tunnel was chosen to avoid damaging the thick vegetation present in the area. The corridor will begin at the underground station in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and then traverse 21 km underground before emerging above ground at Thane.

JICA has agreed to fund 81 per cent of the total project cost through a 50-year loan at an interest rate of 0.1 per cent and a moratorium on repayments up to 15 years. Indian Railways will invest Rs 9,800 crore in the high-speed rail project and the remaining cost will be borne by the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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    Dr. Pramod Dubale
    Jun 12, 2017 at 11:53 am
    How these toilets are cleaned afterwards? Is a system in place?
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    Satisch
    Jun 12, 2017 at 6:47 am
    Don't put anything which can be taken away!
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    Dr Prafulla G Herode
    Jun 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    Why not increase the frequency of flights to Ahmadabad , rather than investing so much on bullet train ? This entire money can be used to develop the existing Indian Railways ,doub of existing tracks , connecting new places , improving frequency and quality of the trains
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    freethinker
    Jun 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm
    THIS NEWS ITEM IS AKIN TO "FAKE NEWS". IT GIVES AN IMPRESSION AS IF THE RAILWAYS IS GOING MODERN WITH TOILET FACILITIES ON ITS TRAINS AND STATIONS WHERE AS THE REALITY IS QUITE DIFFERENT. IT IS ANY BODY'S GUESS WHEN THESE FAST ANESE TRAINS SHALL START PLYING ENAB A MINISCULE NUMBER OF TRAIN PASSENGERS IN THE COUNTRY TO AVAIL DECENT TOILET FACILITIES. THE RAILWAYS SHOULD IMPROVE ON WHAT THEY ALREADY HAVE. HISTORY HAS PROVED THAT THE RAILWAYS CANNOT MAINTAIN WHAT THEY GET.
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    Observer
    Jun 11, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    Have the Rly Board Chairman, GM, DRMs etc ever used the toilets in the so called superfast expr.trains incldg. intercity express ones as well as the so called biotoilet rooms having very very small space inside? No toilet papers also in many trains Why not do so at least henceforth every month? The toilet water gets exhausted many a time after 2/3 stations and is also made dirty. Clue: Too many unauthorised travellers in the coaches. Also how to solve the nuisance, physical pains,troubles caused by motkas/motkis to co-passegesrs in chair cars of difft.trains? These fatsos supposed to book two seats but wont do so. Buy one seat, get one seat free seems to be made all that easier in so many trains. Why inflict poor quality food on unwil passengers and deduct the food amount in Rajdhani Expr.trains ticket amounts? How can u inflict unwanted food on someone in Rajdhani Expr.trains. Also remove side middle berths in some Garibh Rath.trains where most pasengers are not really garib
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    DD
    Jun 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    who is going to enforce that women only toilets are used by women only.. and vice versa.. please be practical. dont look for ways to waste public money..
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