Aircraft fumigant for roachless trains

In a bid to offer roach-free and rodent-free travel for train passengers, the Chennai Division of Southern Railway has introduced a new chemical to fumigate the rakes. Methyl bromide, the chemical that is being used, has proved successful in eradicating the cockroach menace, one of the biggest woes of commuters. It is a widely used fumigant for quarantine purposes, cho sen by quarantine authorities around the world, owing to its effective penetration and rapid action, and is used to fumigate aircraft and cargo as well.

Briefing newspersons on the sidelines of the 57th Railway Week celebration on Thursday, S Anantharaman, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division said, “We have employed the new chemical with all proper precautions by treating coaches in atmosphere-controlled chambers. It is has been introduced for the first time in Chennai Division.”