Sanitary napkins and condoms to soon be available at toilets of railway stations

As per new guidelines of Indian Railways, now, sanitary napkins and condoms will be available at railway station’s toilets. The facility will be offered not just to the passengers, but, also for people living in its vicinity.

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According to the Railway officials, the policy stated that due to lack of proper hygiene and sanitation around the station premises, those living in the vicinity, especially nearby slums and villages, were often found defecating in the open and urinating in station premises which made the surroundings unhygienic and resulted in health-related problems.

“In order to address these issues, the railways is utilising the station premises to set up facilities having separate toilets for men and women, which will be utilised to build awareness for best practices of menstrual hygiene and usage of contraceptives as proposed. Each facility will have a small kiosk to sell low-cost sanitary pads for women along with provision of an incinerator, and condoms for men,” the policy said.


Requirement for funds to set up these facilities at all 8,500 stations would be met through CSR funds from different corporations and their maintenance would be ensured through advertisements/CSR, the policy stated.

Each station would be covered under the policy to have two such facilities. In addition, each facility will have separate toilets for men, women, and Divyangjans with provision of both Indian and western style commodes.

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