A govt school in Haryana gets modern toilet complex built by IIT engineers
A government school gets a modern toilet complex that cleans itself, equipped with sanitary napkin vending machine in Haryana.india Updated: Oct 13, 2017 19:51 IST
For girls of a Haryana village school, attending nature’s call was a problem. The toilets in government high school in Anwal village in Rohtak were always dirty. With no cleaning staff, hygiene was an issue.
“The toilets had broken doors and no roof. They always had foul smell since they were almost never cleaned,” says Priyanka Kumari, a class 10 student.
Even female teachers at the girls’ school said they used to think twice before entering the toilets as many students would not flush. But they don’t have to worry about it anymore.
All that has changed with a modern toilet complex that cleans itself, equipped with a sanitary napkin vending machine — a first in a government school in Haryana.
The toilet complex is a hit for the over-200 girls as it not only ensures good sanitation but hygiene as well.
“These are so much better than the toilets we used to have before. My brother who is in boys’ government school in village says he feels jealous of my school now,” said Muskan Ishwar, another class 10 student.
The complex was built at a cost of Rs 11 lakh by Sukriti Social Foundation — a startup founded by four IIT-Roorkee engineers who are working towards building toilets that require little manual intervention.
Anirudh Yadav of Sukriti Foundation said this was their first project and they were now in the process of creating improved version of these toilets.
“We keep coming back to take feedback of the students and teachers for our future projects. We have now been working to install such toilets in the ghats of Haridwar,” he said.
The funds were provided by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shadi Lal Batra, who has adopted Anwal village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
The disabled-friendly toilet complex, named ‘eco-junior’, has natural ventilation and three seats that are resistant to vandalism. It has automatic flushing after every use and automatic floor cleaning after every 20 uses. It uses solar panels to generate electricity and is fitted with motion sensing lights that switch off when not occupied by anyone.
The toilet has an underground waste management system that decomposes solid waste and treats black-water which then gets filled in overhead tank and is reused for flushing and gardening purpose. The toilet also has a napkin incinerator for safe disposal of the sanitary pads.
Several government schools in Haryana have a huge problem of usable toilets due to lack of maintenance. HT had recently reported that 139 government schools in the state did not even have any toilet facility for girls as per a government report of 2017.
The number of schools without girls’ toilets doubled up from last year’s 85, even when the state government claimed to have been religiously following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and Beti Padhao scheme.
Officials blamed the increase in number to non-maintenance of toilets — a problem that eco-friendly toilet developed by Sukriti Foundation fixes since it requires minimum maintenance.