The State government will soon introduce biodegradable toilets in a big way in schools to overcome the problem of unhygienic toilets due to lack of adequate water and improper maintenance.

A day after the Supreme Court set a six-month deadline to all States and Union Territories to provide toilets in all schools, Municipal Administration Minister M. Mahidhar Reddy told reporters here on Thursday that environment-friendly toilets would be first introduced in municipal schools shortly.

The “green toilet” facility would be extended to other schools in a phased manner, he said.

The State government also proposed to introduce the “earth-friendly” toilets under its pet Indiramma housing programme, he added.

The biodegradable toilets needed no water and the waste gets decomposed through a chemical process, leaving behind a safe and environment-friendly humus.

On the Apex court's directive, Primary Education Minister S. Sailajanath said, “We are seized of the matter. We will comply with the direction.”

It may be noted that about half of the government schools in State had no toilets. Where ever they existed, they were unusable due to lack of water and poor upkeep. As a result, students, particularly girls, dropped out of schools in many areas.