Tamil Nadu

Toilets of a different kind

LOOS GOING PLACES:'Namma Toilets' being installed in Ramanathapuram.— Photo: L. BALACHANDAR  

With a view to bringing relief to people using public sanitation facilities, ‘Namma Toilets,’ a government initiative to put a stop to open defecation, are coming up in the municipal limits of Sivaganga, Karaikudi and Ramanathapuram.

As public toilets are synonymous with broken toilet pans, lack of water and clogged network, many chose not to use them while others grit their teeth and use them amid the filth and overpowering stench. As a result, most of the conventional brick and mortar toilets are seldom used by the public.

In this backdrop, the government has introduced ‘Namma Toilets’ in all the Corporations and Municipalities in the State.

Sivaganga Municipality is all set to unveil the new toilets in two places, installed at a total cost of Rs. 24 lakh.

S. Suresh, Municipal Engineer and Commissioner in charge, said that six toilet stalls had been installed near bus stand — three for men, two for women and one for the differently abled (western type) — at a cost of Rs. 12 lakh.

The second unit, comprising two toilets each for men and women and one for differently abled people, had been established at Kuravar Colony. Both the units would be inaugurated in the next 10 to 15 days, he said.

Garden too

“To make the area pleasant, we plan to have a garden in front of these toilet units. Depending upon the public response and maintenance, these toilets will be installed at two more places in the town,” he also said.

“A private company in Ambattur near Chennai has designed the toilet and obtained patent for it. These are prefabricated modular stalls and can be assembled onsite within a short time. And they are totally different from the conventional ones. There will be louvres on all four sides for optimal ventilation. A solar panel installed atop each toilet will provide power for lighting. Borewells have been sunk to ensure uninterrupted water supply,” he added.

Six toilet stalls had been installed near bus stand — three for men, two for women and one for the differently abled

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