East Coast Railway signs MoU with RITES, MCL

Bhubaneswar: Expanding its efforts towards ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, the East Coast Railway on Monday signed a joint MoU with RITES and Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited (MCL) for installation of pre-fabricated toilets in circulating areas of 232 Railway Stations across Odisha.

The tripartite MoU was signed at MCL Office here in presence of  N. S. Uikey, Principal Chief Engineer, ECoR; B. Sairam, General Manager (CSR), MCL, Sambalpur; Prem Ranjan Kumar, General Manager, RITES, Gurgaon and Brajesh Mishra, Chief Engineer (Planning), ECoR.

The project will cover 172 Stations over East Coast Railway jurisdiction, 55 Stations over South Eastern Railway (SER) and 5 Stations over South East Central Railway (SECR) of Odisha. Each toilet Block will have 7 numbers of toilets (3 for men along with 4 urinals), 3 for women and 01 for Divyangjans).

There is a provision of Overhead Tank, Wash Basins & Electrical Fittings. The toilets will also have provisions of Sanitary Pad Dispensing Machines & Napkin incinerator in female toilets and condom vending machines in male toilets. The potential beneficiaries will be Rail Passengers, General Public, Hawkers, Vendors, Auto-Rickshaw Drivers, Porters, Hammals, Railway Staff and Divyangjans.

RITES will be the implementing partner for this project. After installation, the ownership of assets will vest with Railway who will ensure regular cleaning & maintenance, water supply & lightings etc.

The total cost of the project is Rupees 58.07 Crores which will be borne by MCL. The project is expected to be completed in one year period.

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