October 2, 2014

#CleanIndia: eToilets For Better Sanitation

Stainless Steel eToilets installed in Krishna Rao Park. Source: Twitter @eramscientific
Availability of public toilets is definitely not something Bangalore can boast about. In fact its quite a rarity in the city. However because of the explosive growth the city has seen in recent years, this has starting ringing alarm bells in terms of public sanitation for the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). That's where eToilets from Eram Scientific Solutions have come to the rescue. 

eToilet Features:

  • eToilets are fully automatic 
  • e-toilet water usage: For every flush or floor wash only 1.5 litre of water is used
  • e-Toilet security. eToilets include Global Positioning System (GPS) sensors, to avoid trespassing. If anyone tries to break the automatic door lock or if two users enter at a single time, the alarm will go off  and the operators (Eram Scientific) will be informed.
  • e-Toilets cost: An e-toilet costs Rs 3 .7 lakh. Added with installation cost, civil work charges to construct sewage, water and electric line and transportation cost, total cost goes upto Rs 5 lakh.
  • Waste Processing: Eram Scientific in collaboration with California Technology, USA, is researching ways to produce electricity through the urine stored in these e-toilets. Eram Scientific has also collaborated with the Duke University, USA, to install waste treatment plant. Human waste will be collected and used for plantation thereafter. 
e-Toilet Adoption:
  • 3 e-toilets were installed on pilot basis in Bangalore (2 e-toilets in Krishna Rao Park this year and one in Dodda Ganapathi Temple last year.) After a positive feedback, it was decided to expand the project to 75 major locations across the city. 
  • 400 such e-toilets installed in Kerala and a few in Maharshtra (Nagpur) and Tamil Nadu.

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