Whitefield will have e-loos soon…

From The New Indian Express

BENGALURU: A conglomeration of industries has decided to instal six electronic toilets for public use in Whitefield.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) has accorded the necessary permission, and two toilets will come up soon. WEPPIA is planning to hire physically- challenged persons to man the toilets.

Dr K Ravi Babu, president of the Whitefield Export Promotion Park Industrial Association (WEPPIA), which represents 120 firms, said, “Whitefield is choked with traffic. We have come up with this initiative to do our bit.”

The association is looking at covering busy points between Graphite India and Big Bazaar. “One e-toilet will come up near the BMTC bus stop opposite Vaidehi Junction while another will come up outside Satya Sai Hospital,” Babu said.

Each of the toilets costs about Rs. 5.5 lakh. WEPPIA is setting them up as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, with TESCO playing a key role. “We are looking at installing them either by the end of February or the second week of March,” Babu said. There is no proposal to charge users.

The toilets automatically flush the moment a person enters it, and again at the time of exit. WEPPIA is planning to hire physically challenged persons to man the toilets.

BBMP’s Take

Subodh Yadav, Special Commissioner, Solid Waste Management, BBMP, said the municipal body was keen on installing e-toilets across the city.

Unlike regular toilets that call for daily maintenance, e-toilets need cleaning only once in a week or 10 days, he said. “We have earmarked Rs. 6 crore for e-toilets in 2015-2016,” he said.

“The central parts of the city will get preference,” he added.

The BBMP’s efforts to instal e-toilets over the last two years has not met with much success though. The cost is said to be a deterrent.

Of the 75 e-toilets earlier planned by the BBMP, only 25 were installed.

Basavanagudi and Jayanagar are among the areas where e-toilets are in service.

What is an e-Toilet?

It is a steel structure with automated cleaning and flushing mechanisms. The light inside automatically switches on and off, and results in energy savings. The toilet also directs the user with audio commands. Generally, e-toilets are programmed to flush 1.5 litres of water after every three minutes of usage and 4.5 litres for longer usage. They can also be programmed to perform a complete wash-down after they are used by five or 10 persons.

 

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