Sambalpur: Expanding its presence in the CSR space towards ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited has entered into a joint MoU with RITES & ECoR for installation of prefabricated toilets in circulating areas of 232 Railway Stations of Odisha. The project is going to cover all railway stations in the State of Odisha.
The tripartite MOU was signed on 03-06-2019 by Shri B. Sairam, General Manager (CSR) MCL Sambalpur, Shri Prem Ranjan Kumar, General Manager RITES Gurgaon, and Shri B K Mishra, Chief Engineer (Planning), East Cost Railway Bhubaneswar in the presence of Sri N K Uikey, Principal Chief Engineer, ECoR at MCL office Bhubaneswar.
The project will cover 172 stations of East Coast Railway (ECoR), 55 stations of South Eastern Railway (SER) and 5 stations of South East Central Railway (SECR) of Odisha. Each toilet block will have 7 nos. of toilets (3 for men alongwith 4 urinals, 3 for women and 1 for Divyangjans). There is provision of overhead tank, wash basins and electrical fittings. The toilets will also have provisions of sanitary pad dispensing machines & napkin incinerator in female toilets and condom vending machine in male toilets.
It may be noted that there is shortage of toilets in circulating areas of Railway stations for the people visiting stations alongwith passengers &also for those living around Railway Stations and this leads them using open areas of station premises which pollutes the surrounding environment. MCL’s project will go a long way in addressing these pertinent issues. 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 Zonal Railways who will ensure regular cleaning & maintenance, water supply & lightings etc.
Total cost of the project is Rs.58.07 Crore which will be borne by MCL. The project is expected to be completed in one-year period.