‘Smart community’ toilets for slums, unauthorised colonies

According to DUAC, these six-seater toilets have been designed on a request by the Swacch Bharat Mission of the Ministry of Urban Development

By: Express News Service | Delhi | Published:November 16, 2015 2:04 am

Furthering the Delhi government’s aim to make the capital free of open defecation, the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) has come up with a ‘smart community’ toilet design which looks to provide toilet facilities in slum clusters and unauthorised colonies.

According to DUAC, these six-seater toilets have been designed on a request by the Swacch Bharat Mission of the Ministry of Urban Development. The toilets are expected to be set up by local bodies in areas under their jurisdiction.

“We are in talks with the Delhi government and a meeting with the Delhi Dialogue Commission was held recently. Civic bodies in Delhi have also shown interest in the designs,” said a senior DUAC official.

“We have come up with the design, keeping in mind its sustainability for mass production. The toilets will be fitted with solar panels and the interiors will be made from stainless steel for easy maintenance,” the official added. He further said the design has a durability of 20 years.

In order to ensure that the facility generates revenue, the structure also has panels for advertisements.

“Provision for providing adequate light and ventilation through skylights have been incorporated in the design. The model also has sensor-based LED lighting and a 4,000 litre water tank. There is also an option of connecting it to a bio-digester in the absence of sewer lines,” said the official.

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