NAGAPATTINAM: An ecological sanitation toilets-cum-bathroom complex with rainwater harvesting and solar panel lighting facility has been constructed at the panchayat office in the tsunami-hit Kameshwaram village in Nagapattinam district.
This highly eco-friendly model was the joint venture of the Society for Community Organisation and Peoples’ Education, (SCOPE), FIN, an NGO of France, Kameshwaram panchayat, ETHOS, an architectural consultant of Kolkatta and students of National Institute of Technology Tiruchi.
Ramraj, Commissioner, Kilvelur Panchayat Union, inaugurated the complex on Friday. C.G. Kanagasundaram, president of the Kameshwaram panchayat, who presided over the function, said that the Kameshwaram village was already having more than 250 individual ecosan household toilets and this model with solar light and rainwater harvesting was the first of its kind in the country.
Paranjothi, site engineer of SCOPE, who explained the features of the model toilet complex, said that it was built at a cost of Rs.70,000. The rainwater from the three roofs of the men’s and women’s toilets and bathroom are let into two tanks inside the bathroom.
The solar panel supplies power for the lights in the complex.
As in other ‘Ecosan’ toilets, the toilets are having two chambers for collection of faeces. Urine and wash water are used for raising vegetables and plants in the kitchen garden near the complex, he said.
V. Ganapathy, Adviser to Exnora, Tiruchi district and also liaison officer for SCOPE, said that the men’s toilet was having ceramic pans and women’s toilet with FRP (Fibro Reinforced Plastic) pans. He explained the advantages of the ecosan toilets that were suitable for the sandy areas.