They are expected to be of immense help to pilgrims and tourists
TAMBARAM: Mobile toilets were launched for the first time in the southern suburbs of Chennai on Thursday in Alandur Municipality.
The launch function was held at Alandur Municipal Middle School on Karuneegar Street.
Last month, the Municipal Council gave its consent to procure the mobile toilets so that they could serve school students, visitors to temples and tourists. Following the resolution, the mobile units were acquired and dedicated on Thursday.
Representatives from Pune-based Saraplast Private Ltd said the concept of mobile toilets was popular in amusement parks and other places where movement of tourists was large. “J. Ramamurthy, councillor from Ward No.10, visited Puducherry, where more than 80 such mobile toilets are in place.
He suggested that these amenities be launched in places such as Nanganallur, where the floating population was large on account of the temples there,” Alandur Municipal Chairman R. S. Bharathi said.
Following the suggestion, it was tabled on the floor of the elected council, which gave its nod for the proposal.
Five units installed
To start with, five units — three in Ward No.10 and two at the Alandur Municipal School on Karuneegar Street — were installed, N. Mahesan, Municipal Engineer, said.
“The mobile toilets would be of great use in places where space is a constraint,” he pointed out.
Mr.Bharathi said each unit cost around Rs.55,000 and the local body would incur an additional expense of Rs.10,000 a month.
And they planned to invite private firms to advertise in the mobile toilets to manage the monthly expense, he added.
Explaining how the mobile toilets functioned, Sailesh, Senior Sales Development Manager of Saraplast, said the mobile toilet weighed about 80 kg and was built from high-density polyethylene, a material that could be recycled.
The capacity of the toilet’s tank was 200 litres.
The tank would be coated with a ‘sanitary concentrate’ — that is a mixture of plant extracts and enzymes to “speed up decomposition and minimise foul odour.”
Once full, it would be cleared and if necessary, would be stationed at the same place or shifted to other locations, Mr. Sailesh said.
Mr. Bharathi said Nanganallur was dotted with temples and the mobile toilets were expected to be of immense benefit to pilgrims and tourists who would be visiting the area.