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13 e-toilets to be set up

S. Anil Radhakrishnan
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Sanitation needs of tourists, Sabarimala pilgrims

Technology at work: e-toilets combine electronics, web, and mobile technologies. The units feature automated door opening, power flushing, and sterilisation.
Technology at work: e-toilets combine electronics, web, and mobile technologies. The units feature automated door opening, power flushing, and sterilisation.

As many as 13 fully automated e-toilets, a convergence of electronics, web, and mobile technologies, will be installed at busy areas along the arterial roads of the capital and at the beach resort of Kovalam.

Two toilets each would be installed at Shanghumughom and the Eve's and Ashoka beaches at Kovalam. A toilet each would come up at Kowdiar, Vellayambalam, Saphalyam Complex at Palayam, Government Secretariat, Putharikandam maidan, Gandhi Park, and East Fort.

The new e-toilets would be upgraded versions of the ones installed on the Museum and Kanakakunnu premises. Civic authorities said the units would be of help to Sabarimala pilgrims and tourists visiting the city.

The units were being set up at a cost of Rs.55.55 lakh, 90 per cent of which would be provided by the district administration. The rest would be mobilised by the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation (Keltron). The e-toilets at Putharikandam and Saphalyam complex would be installed using local area development fund allotted by T.N. Seema, MP.

“The sites are yet to be handed over to us. The units are ready and the installation work could be completed early next month,” a Keltron official told The Hindu . Keltron had been awarded the maintenance contract of the e-toilets for seven years by the district administration.

The Delight Bharat 9005 and Delight Bharat 9999 e-toilets developed by Eram Scientific Solutions, a Technopark-based company, were being used.

The unmanned unit featured automated door opening, power flushing, automatic closet washing and sterilisation, and platform cleaning mechanism. The system was backed by short messaging service (SMS) alerts to inform the control room about the status of the water tank and the waste management system in the event of a failure.

The automatic door opened when a coin of the specified denomination is inserted into a slot at the entrance. The lights and exhaust fans are controlled by sensors and start working if a person entered the unit.

General packet radio service (GPRS) technology is used to remote control the daily operations. The flushing unit used only 1.5 to 4.5 litres of water compared to a normal domestic flushing system that consumed six to seven litres on an average. Bio-membrane reactor technology is used for waste water recycling.

The District Innovation Fund, provided to districts as per the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission, was being used by the district administration to support the project. A sum of Rs.0ne crore had been made available to all districts in the country.

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