Deal to set up toilets at 100 railway stations
Kolkata: Eastern Railway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Eastern Coal Fields and RITES Ltd for setting up toilets with all the modern facilities at 100 railway stations in the state.
The toilets will come up at various stations under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway.
The deal was signed at the Fairlie Place on Tuesday between the senior officials of the Eastern Railways and their counterparts in the Eastern Coal Fields and RITES. One of the main purposes of the initiative is to provide an easier access to toilets at the station and adjoining areas.
Apart from the passengers travelling in trains, the other people who put up stalls at various railway stations and adjacent areas can also use the toilets.
The Eastern Coal Fields Ltd will provide financial support as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while the RITES will play its part as an implementing agency. The Eastern Railways will provide land and other logistic support.
Initially the passengers and others need not to pay any charge for using the toilets. After six months the Eastern Railway will take over the maintenance works of the toilets.
Such projects have already taken up in various parts of the country as a part of the Swachh Bharat campaign. Eastern Railway has been trying to involve every stakeholder of railways in the cleanliness drive.
The setting up toilets in and around the stations will check the tendency of open defecation by some people. The total cost of the project will be around Rs 26 crore. Other than the modern facilities, all the toilets will have a sanitary napkin vending machine and a condom vending machine.
People will be able to get napkins and condoms at these toilets but they have to pay the charge.
These toilets will have different chambers for males, females and for those who are physically-challenged.
"This is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Eastern Railways have given a great stress on the cleanliness of stations and adjoining areas. "These toilets will have all the modern facilities apart from a napkin and condom vending machine," additional general manager, Eastern Railway, SS Gehlot said.