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South body gets smart, plans hi-tech toilets in its schools

There is good news for a bunch of south Delhi corporation schools, which are set to get high-tech environment-friendly toilets on their campuses soon.

delhi Updated: May 31, 2013 23:18 IST
Ritam Halder

There is good news for a bunch of south Delhi corporation schools, which are set to get high-tech environment-friendly toilets on their campuses soon.

The south Delhi corporation, following a model successfully undertaken by the Kerala government, has decided to come up with the smart toilets on a pilot basis in five civic body schools.

According to a source in the civic body, these three square foot structures — which cost around Rs 5 lakh each — will consume one-third of the water used by a normal toilet.

“The operations of these environment-friendly toilets can be controlled from a remote location using GPRS technology. Automatic SMS alerts will be sent to the control room in the case of emergencies, such as exhaustion of water tank or filling-up of the septic tank,” he said. As a test run, five corporation schools will have at least two such toilets.

Satish Upadhyay, chairman of the South corporation’s education committee, said a team of the civic body had visited Kerala three months back to see the impressive model operated by Eram Scientific Solutions (P) Ltd.

“These toilets are designed by using tubular frames with powder-coated sheets to ensure long durability. It has an automatic closet washing system, which includes a pre-flush system as well as automatic flush on exit to ensure better and unmanned cleaning. There is a power wash, which will ensure automatic cleaning of floor after fixed number of entries. The unit is easily portable and can be dismantled and assembled in a few hours at a new location,” Upadhyay said, adding that the tendering process for this project has already been started.

According to him, upon entering the toilet, the indoor lights will be switched on automatically. “A clean and hygienic sanitary napkin disposal system will also be placed inside the girls’ toilet as an additional option. An automatic incinerator will electronically dispose of the napkins,” the corporator said.