You will no longer have to reach for a handkerchief to cover your nose when you pass by a public urinal.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has found a way—in the form of waterless loos—to deal with the stench emanating from public toilet blocks in the city.
The urinals are based on an internationally recognised concept.
The civic agency has decided to upgrade 1,000 of its urinals into waterless urinals in view of the Commonwealth Games.
The MCD expects to earn Rs 5 crore per year after leasing out these urinals for five years.
“Most of these urinals will be made on important Commonwealth Games stretches. The heart of the system is the cartridge, which is fitted in the ceramic bowl and filled with biodegradable sealant,” said a senior MCD official.
“The cartridge, being lighter than urine, floats up and acts as a barrier between the bowl and drainage. Due to absence of water and contact with air, urine does not form any gas and the toilet remains odour free and reduces the burden on the sewage system,” said a senior MCD official.
A proposal in this regard was passed in standing committee of MCD on Thursday. According to the civic agency, these urinals will be ready by June 2010.
According to MCD, two waterless urinals installed near Town Hall and ISBT are doing well. The urinal at Town Hall is used by 1,000 persons per day.
While the civic agency’s engineering department will construct the urinals at a cost of 4.5 lakh, the maintenance and operation will be handed over to a company that will be given advertisement rights.
“This technology can also save million kilograms of carbon dioxide which is generated by transporting, pumping and recycling of fresh water,” added the official.
Municipal councillors demanded that more waterless urinals be made in areas where they are required. This will also help save 2 lakh litres of water every year.
“At least two waterless urinals will be made in each ward,” said Ram Kishan Singhal, chairman of the standing committee of the MCD.