The 114-km-long Manamadurai– Rameswaram stretch of Southern Railway became India’s first ‘Green corridor’ after India’s Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu dedicated the section through videoconferencing from Chennai Central Station in Tamil Nadu.
The Green Rail Corridor ensures zero toilet discharge on rail tracks as part of its commitment to clean environment under the ‘Swachh Rail-Swachh Bharat’ initiative. Trains in the section have been equipped with bio-toilets to ensure zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks.
Inaugurating the corridor through video-conferencing from here, Mr Prabhu said his ministry was committed to converting all toilets in railways to bio-toilets. "During 2016-17, our target is to provide 30,000 new bio-toilets and the benefits are obvious," the minister said while inaugurating the corridor.