Conventional public toilets have long been in disuse owing to improper maintenance in the town like elsewhere in the country.
It is no longer so, with the Ongole Municipal Corporation installing four eToilets for the public at busy junctions in the ever-expanding town.
People can use these toilets free of cost, said Municipal Commissioner S. Venkatakrishna, who was busy creating awareness among the vendors and shoppers in the New Market centre here.
Technology behind it
The eToilet is programmed to turn on the light and fan when a user enters it, flush 1.5 litres of water after the first three minutes, and 4.5 litres after a little longer and clean the floor after its use by every 10 users. Each of the new generation toilet costs Rs. 7 lakh, he said.
These toilets with electrical, mechanical and web-mobile technologies, need no manual supervision, he says.
The eToilets feature automatic pre-flush and after-flush, automatic platform cleaning, and LED indications and have GPRS-enabled remote monitoring capabilities for online tracking of entry and usage of users.
The pre-fabricated modular public toilets, made of stainless steel and manufactured by Eram Scientific Solutions, have helped wean away people from the obnoxious practice of open defecation.
The 10 CCTV cameras already installed in different parts of the city had proved to be a deterrent.
These initiatives will help the civic body to come within the 50 ranks in the Swachh Survekshan of 500 cities, says Mr. Venkatakrishna.
He based his hope on the positive feedback of a Central team which visited the city earlier this week.
People can use these toilets free of cost, says Municipal Commissioner