To battle its toilet stink,Railways to give passengers phenyl bottles

Trial starts in South Eastern Rly,GM calls it a ‘value addition’.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopdhyay | Kolkata | Published: May 8, 2012 12:36:31 am

The Railways has found a way around a long-lasting problem: passengers with reservations on long-distance trains on the South Eastern Railway sector will now get bottles of phenyl-like substances to ensure hygiene in toilets.

The experiment will start in the air-conditioned coaches on Duronto and other long-distance trains that take more than 30 hours to reach their destinations. If it is successful,it will be introduced in more trains.

The exercise is the brainchild of South Eastern Railway General Manager A K Verma,who has the approval of the Railway Board. “One of the complaints we often receive is that on long-distance trains,toilets become dirty. Of course trains are cleaned during the journey,but even then, because of the distance,toilets get dirty. So we thought that if we provide bottles of phenyl-type substances alongwith the linen and bedroll to passengers of AC coaches,it will ensure hygienic toilets. The passengers can spray the premixed solutions on the flush before use. That will ensure complete sanitisation,” a spokesperson of South Eastern Railway told The Indian Express.

There is no such plan for sleeper class as yet because,according to the spokesperson,lots of non-reserved passengers travel by these coaches.

The material used will be non-poisonous to guard against any mishaps. “It will be a totally herbal product… We will also provide soap strips,” the spokesperson added.

The Railways will not charge anything extra. “It will be a value addition to our service,” Verma said.

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