The 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch of Southern Railway in Tamil Nadu on 24 July 2016 became India’s first Green Rail Corridor.
This green corridor was inaugurated by of Southern Railway via videoconferencing from Chennai Central Station.
Features of Green Rail Corridor
• This corridor ensure zero toilet discharge on rail tracks.
• Trains in the section are equipped with bio-toilets to ensure zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks.
Aim for the Future
While inaugurating this corridor, Prabhu said his ministry was committed to converting all toilets in railways to bio-toilets. Till March 2016, a total of 35104 bio-toilets had been provided and since then till third week of July 7000 more new bio-toilets have been made operational.
During 2016-17, the railway ministry has a target of providing 30000 new bio-toilets and this initiative will also bring down maintenance cost significantly. He also said that till March 2017, the Jammu-Katra section will also be human waste free.
Besides, Railway Minister Prabhu 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.
He also launched a traditional medicine centre under Ayush at Perambur Railway Hospital.
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When: 24 July 2016