Municipal administration and rural development minister K.P. Munusamy on Wednesday inspected the sensor and solar-based toilets installed on GST Road in Tambaram.

The inspection was part of efforts to review the possibility of expanding the pilot scheme to other local bodies across the city.

‘Namma toilets’, the State’s first such facilities, were recently installed at the junction of Duraiswamy Reddy Street and GST Road by the Tambaram municipality.

The toilet blocks have a stall each for elderly women and women with physical disabilities, one for men and another for women.

Officials of the Tambaram municipality said that on an average, about 800 people use the toilets daily.

The solar-powered lighting in the toilet stalls is synchronised with sensors that detect movement and switch on and off accordingly, thereby saving energy.

The project has proved successful, as it is located in an area close to a bus terminus, officials said.

The minister enquired about the eco-friendly measures adopted, and also looked at suggestions in the visitors’ book.

The Tambaram municipality has identified four areas, including Nehru Nagar, to install eight more units by the end of this month.

There are plans to take the project to other municipalities and corporations in the State as well, officials said.

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