Trains in India are all set to get vacuum toilets based on the technology used in the airplane toilets. These toilets are a part of the second phase of improving cleanliness on trains after the introduction of bio-toilets earlier last year. The Railways have identified 55 cities where toilet systems in trains are in bad condition. The introduction of vacuum toilets in these cities will be carried out on a priority basis. A global bid for tenders for the supply of 80 vacuum toilet systems for 40 coach sets has been floated by the Railway Board. After the toilets are supplied, they will be fitted inside the coach by the Rail Coach factory (RCF) at Kapurthala. The RCF has already produced about 1200 bio-toilets this year. IIT Kanpur, along with the Research Development and Standards Organisation (RDSO), a ISO 9001 research and development organisation under the Ministry of Railways, is also in the process of developing a zero discharge toilet system (ZDTS). Like vacuum technology, ZDTS too uses both recycling and evacuation.
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