Pune: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Mayor Mukta Tilak inaugurated a newly designed toilet for women at Sai Chowk in Balewadi on Thursday, in the presence of Rajendra Jagtap, CEO of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) and corporators from Pune Smart City’s local development area Aundh-Baner-Balewadi (ABB). The toilet is named ‘Swacchalay’.
Tilak, at the inauguration, said, “This toilet which is eco-friendly with a unique design which is a first of its kind in the city. We look forward to having more of these in other parts of the city.”
Rajendra Jagtap said, “The toilet inaugurated has a unique design, prefabricated body and facility to run on solar power. It ensures safety, security, and cleanliness by installing smart features like CCTV camera, auto-flush, sanitary napkin vending machine and soap dispenser.”
The PMC says that these facilities will be cleaned every day 3-4 times manually, and it also claims that the toilet has natural ventilation and it generates twice the amount of airflow without using a single exhaust fan. The design is low carbon footprint, cost effective prefabricated construction, robust metal body and offers ease of cleanliness.
Other features of the toilet include a napkin vending machine, mirror, mobile charging dock, FM radio, sanitary pad dispenser etc. The PMC will also monetise the toilets by using the spaces on them for advertising. The PMC says that in urban areas, waste will be channelled from the toilet to PVC septic tanks and further to municipal sewage system. In rural areas, the waste will be channelled to a two pit system.
The PMC says that in the coming weeks, 15 such toilets for women and 25 such toilets for men will be replicated in ABB area under Pune Smart City Plan.
The ‘high-end toilet’ is designed by Architect Jugal Mistri and supported through HDFC Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.
The approximate cost of this prototype comes to around Rs 12 lakh per toilet.
The PMC claims that this specially designed toilet for women will be a ‘major step towards ensuring public hygiene facilities in suburban areas of the city’.