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East Coast Railway has entered into a joint MoU with RITES and MCL for installation of prefabricated toilets

Bhubaneswar:3/6/19: The East Coast Railway has entered into a joint MoU with RITES and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) for installation of prefabricated toilets in circulating areas of 232 Railway Stations over Odisha.

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 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.

Total cost of the project is Rs 58.07 crores which will be borne by MCL. The project is expected to be completed in one year period.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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