Vizag to have solar powered Namma toilets soon

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[ezcol_1half]VISAKHAPATNAM: Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is planning to build ‘Namma toilets’ in the city on the lines of those in Chennai, Ooty and Trichy in Tamil Nadu. If the GVMC has its way, the city will be housing the Namma toilets, a sensor-based solar toilet, at an estimated cost of Rs 75 lakh.

Confirming the corporation’s plans to build Namma toilets in the city, GVMC commissioner MV Satyanarayana said the civic body had proposed to set up the toilets at five locations on a pilot basis. Each toilet will cost Rs 15 lakh. “The Namma toilets are part of the corporation’s move to make Vizag an open defecation-free city,” Satyanarayana said.

Unlike normal public toilets, Namma toilets have proper ventilation, water and lighting, said a senior GVMC official. Namma toilets are designed to suit the needs of men, women, children, eldery and differently-abled in an environment-friendly manner. The toilets save water by reusing the treated water for flushing purposes. The toilets are run by solar powered energy. Human waste will be converted into useful end products like bio-gas, compost and fertilisers. The toilets can have a capacity of handling nearly 300 to 400 persons a day. The compost from the toilet can be used for ornamental plants at public places, traffic islands and road dividers.

[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Senior GVMC officials from the department of public health said the corporation was successfully running three e-toilets and two bio-toilets at different parts of the city.

Besides, the corporation has also proposed to build a 1,000 seater giant toilet at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore, the officer said, adding that the project is presently under a discussion stage. The toilets will be set up in a public place with a common septic tank. “We have initially planned to build a common septic tank for nearly 50 toilets. This will reduce cost and space. We plan to set up such toilets at busy junctions and public places in the city,” the GVMC officer said.

Earlier, the GVMC identified 173 locations to set up public toilets. At present, the city has 143 Sulabh complexes, and 25 self help groups-run toilets. However, of them, nearly 25 toilets need repairs, the GVMC officials said. To prevent open defecation in urban Tamil Nadu, the TN government had utilised the universal design of Namma toilet to encourage people to use public toilets.[/ezcol_1half_end]


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