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Designs for low-cost toilets in the offing

The Delhi Urban Art Commission's (DUAC) mandate is to maintain the aesthetic quality of the Capital's skyline but it has now also come up with suggestions on how to keep the city clean. Sidhartha Roy reports.

delhi Updated: Jan 31, 2013 23:52 IST
Sidhartha Roy

The Delhi Urban Art Commission's (DUAC) mandate is to maintain the aesthetic quality of the Capital's skyline but it has now also come up with suggestions on how to keep the city clean.

The Capital faces a severe lack of proper sanitation and adequate public toilets and dustbins, especially in the slum areas and unauthorised colonies.

DUAC has come up with suggestions on high tech toilets, which are easier to install and maintain and can be built at relatively affordable rates.

The commission had recently organised a design competition for public toilets and dustbins.

The designs are now ready and DUAC has invited industrial groups to prepare prototypes based on these designs.

If approved, the prototype toilets would be then mass produced. Though DUAC has said that the prototypes could be produced at a cost of about Rs.7.50 lakh each, the cost of the toilets, when produced on mass scale, should not cross Rs.1 lakh each.

One of the interesting designs is that of a bamboo toilet, which is expected to be a sustainable and cost efficient design solution.

With bamboo being the primary building material, it would be less costly, easy to fabricate and low maintenance. Wastewater from the toilets would be re-used for flushing.

Out of the four designs that have been finalised, two have been done by DUAC itself. These two designs, with nearly similar basic design elements, have a cylindrical structure with slanted roofs.

The roof would contain water tanks and would have solar panels on top. It would have epoxy painted steel or laminated glass body with a front panel for advertisement space.

DUAC's Chairman Raj Rewal said that the designs are open for everyone, including civic agencices and industrial houses, to replicate and mass produce, as long as the cost doesn't exceed Rs.1 lakh.

"These toilet designs have been selected through a competition and would be pre-fabricated and low maintenance," he said. "Our focus is on slums, unauthorized colonies, railway stations, railway tracks or wherever it is needed," Rewal added.