To deal with the ongoing water crisis, corporator Parminder Singh Bhamra has come up with a unique idea. The Congress leader has proposed ‘odourless eco-friendly urinals’ to save water, and demanded they be made mandatory at cinema halls, shopping malls, restaurants, civic and private schools and government offices across the city.
According to Bhamra, huge quantity of water is used in urinals across the city and concrete measures need to be taken to stop the ‘gross wastage’. The toilets he has proposed are eco-friendly and do not require much water.
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“Since these toilets do not smell, they require less amount of water. Also, these urinals can recycle waste water, which can then be used for various purposes,” Bhamra explained.
When asked to elaborate on the concept of these toilets, Bhamra said he had seen one such in operation in a hotel at Mahalaxmi, and has read online about them being used in foreign countries.
“As of now, there is water scarcity in the city and across the state. While the BMC and the government have urged Mumbaikars to use water judiciously, we also need to come up with ways to stop wastage of water and to recycle the resource. These toilets can go a long way in saving water,” said Bhamra.
Civic officials said the proposal will come up for discussion in the civic body next week. “We need to see whether the concept can be implemented,” said a civic official, adding that it will involve many government agencies and other establishments in the city.
A water cut of 15 per cent has been in effect in the city since August 26, 2015, with daily supply of 3,275 million litres as against the demand of 4,200 mld.
“Though there is less water in the lakes this year compared to last year, the stock will last till June 15. Then, reserve stock can be used up till July 31 with permission from the state government,” said an official.