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RTI reveals: 28 trains running in Central Railway zone are without toilets
At least 28 trains are running in Central Railway zone without toilets. This data has come from the railway authorities in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query.

Information had been sought about non-toilet trains in Indian Railways. In reply to the query, the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of Central Railway headquartered at Mumbai, informed that total 28 passenger trains are running without toilet in CR.

The PIO also attached a list of trains running in the concerned zone without toilet. These include passengers trains running in between Dhule-Chalisgaon, Badnera-Amravati, Pachora-Jamner, Murtizapur-Yavatmal and Achalpur, Dombivili-Diva-Basai Road and Neral-Matheran.

Toilet is a common basic need for every passenger in the train. Without it passengers including women and children have to face many difficulties in answering call of nature.

The matter will be taken up before National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Earlier, the PIO of East Coast Railways had said that 18 passenger trains are running, in which some of the coaches are without toilet. According to Eastern Railway there are 58 such trains in Eastern Railway Coaches.

And North Western Railway authority has said that 22 trains are running in their zone with a single toilet fitted for all coaches.

It is to be noted that, in December 2013, Akhand had filed a petition before the NHRC to issue order to Railways to eliminate conventional and direct discharge toilets in the train coaches.

For the first time Railways had assured to eliminate production of such toilets by 2021-22.

(Mr. Akhand is an Odisha based rights activist)

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