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‘Automatic seat cover up’ installed in western style toilets at CSMT in Mumbai for better hygiene

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) has seen the addition of new seat covers on its western toilets in a bid to ensure better hygiene.

The Central Railway has installed ‘automatic seat cover up’ arrangement to ensure the seat covers always remain in “lift up position,” an official said.

In public toilets where western commode seats are there, most of the people do not lift up the seat cover before urinating, which makes it unhygienic for other people to use it, Central Railway’s (CR) chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said on Wednesday.

The new arrangement acts mechanically with a spring action to keep the seat cover always in ‘lift up position’, the official said.
“When a person wants to use the toilet, he can easily push the seat cover down. It will remain in the down position as long as a person is using it, otherwise it will lift up automatically,” Sutar said.

He claimed it to be the “first-of-its-kind” seat arrangement, which has been done using a pair of springs for auto lift up, an aluminium base plate for mount and a pair of bolts.

The new seat facility has currently been provided currently in public toilets at the CSMT in south Mumbai, and it will be gradually installed in public toilets at other railway stations of the Mumbai division, Sutar said.

The Central Railway has also asked the passengers to share their experience about the new facility.

At present, nearly 37 lakh commuters travel daily on the CR’s suburban services, apart from outstation train passengers.

With inputs from PTI

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