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First automated toilets to come up in Navi Mumbai

Sanjeev Shivadekar,TNN, 05 February, 2014


NAVI MUMBAI: The state's first e-toilet, which will offer you automated entry at the drop of a coin and will have processes like self-flushing at the arrival and exit of an user, is coming up in the satellite city soon. Such hi-tech toilets are already available in Delhi and Kerala.


Given the fact that many people still defecate in the open, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is setting up technology-driven toilets to curb the menace. The civic body has undertaken the first e-toilet project of Maharashtra on pilot basis in sector 15 of CBD Belapur. "The process for installing e-toilets has already begun," mayor Sagar Naik told TOI.


Those seeking to make use of e-toilets will have to insert a coin (the denomination is yet to be fixed by NMMC) before entering the premises. The sensor fitted on the wall will automatically flush the toilet on entry and exit of the user.


Though Naik is excited about the new project, urban experts are little skeptical about its success due to dense population and maximum utilization of 'sulabh shauchalaya'. "One has to ensure that the place is not misused by anti-social elements," said one of the urban planners.


Mayor admitted that there were certain issues with the implementation of such a project. "We are working to find a solution. Installing CCTVs to monitor these e-toilet seems to be an immediate requirement as far as security is concerned," Naik said. "If the pilot project is successful, many such toilets would be installed at other places in Navi Mumbai," he added.


On the expenditure front, Naik said, "A company has offered to do the pilot project free of cost. If it is successful, the civic body will take a call on others issues including cost, number of toilets that need to be installed in the satellite city, etc."


Many officials in the civic body are of the opinion that even if the project is expensive, if e-toilets are successful then it would change the sanitation situation in Navi Mumbai. "Use of sensors for flushing purpose and switching off fans and lights would help in saving water and energy," the official added.




Electronically controlled access to the toilet.


On arrival and exit of a person, the toilets will be automatically flushed with the help of sensor.


Also lights and fans will be switched off automatically.