Rs 6 lakh a piece vacuum loos coming up at Churchgate station

Churchgate to get five new ‘intelligent’ loos worth Rs 6 lakh each, these toilets will be installed within a month’s time

Soon, commuters using the washroom facilities at suburban stations will no longer have to deal with the repulsive site of messy toilets.

The existing toilet facility at Churchgate station that will soon make way for the new software-operated loos
The existing toilet facility at Churchgate station that will soon make way for the new software-operated loos

As part of its upgradation plan, the Indian Railways (IR) will be installing ‘vacuum toilets’ — similar to the ones used in aircrafts.

To begin with, the project will commence on a pilot basis at Churchgate station during which five such toilets will be installed within a month’s time. Each of the toilets is worth R6 lakh, six times the cost of the existing ones.

Confirming the development, GC Agarwal, general manager for Western and Central Railways, said, “To begin with, five toilets will be installed at the Churchgate station.”

Another officer claimed that the top brass also took cognisance of the mid-day report (Survive platform loo challenge, May 15), which helped expedite the process.

Explaining the functionality, an officer said that the highly advanced toilets could be controlled and maintained via software. He added that the toilets would be capable of auto-segregation and anything other than faecal matter would be directed towards a separate collection bin.

“Unwanted material like plastic bags and gutka sachets, among others, will be segregated and collected in a different bin. During maintenance, a janitor just needs to press a button, collect this waste and dispose it off.

These toilets haven’t been introduced anywhere else by the railways.”

How it works
After every use, a motion sensor installed inside the toilet (similar to the ones placed over urinals in malls) will detect and initiate the process of clearing faeces through suction mechanism. This will result in minimal usage of water, anywhere between 400 ml to 1.5 litre. Also, a small amount of water will be used to rinse the bowl.

Rs 1L
Cost of the existing toilet

130
No of stations on Western, Central and Harbour lines

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