Pune: The pink buses spotted in various parts of the city are kindling the curiosity of people. A city-based company ‘3sindia’, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), has introduced smart and mobile toilets for women.
The initiative was launched as women face problems related to sanitation and due to the inadequate number of public toilets for women in the city.
The mobile toilets are stationed in various parts of the city, including Jungli Maharaj Road, Shivajinagar, Aundh, Vishrantwadi, Anand Nagar, Shaniwarwada, Phule Nagar and Baner. These toilets are open from 8 am to 8 pm.
Rajveer Kher, Managing Director of 3sindia, said, “The toilets have been named as ‘TI’, which means toilet integration to bring dignity and hygiene to women of the city. The mobile toilets are made from scraps to enhance recycling and improve environmental impact. These smart toilets have the latest features to remove the stigma of public toilets from women’s minds. It has western and Indian style options, shower cubicles, where women can bath in a proper enclosed area, water saving sensor taps, low water usage pans, solar-operated lights, panic buttons, flow meters to control water usage, breastfeeding stations, sanitary napkin dispensers and also a digital feedback panel to upgrade our services according to their experiences.”
He added, “We have more plans to use the latest technologies to remove the foul smell that comes from a public toilet and also make sure the toilets are cleaned and well-maintained. The company would also come up with washing machines and health centres included in the mobile buses to provide a one-stop solution for the basic needs of women. It is also able to provide employment and income to underprivileged women. Presently, the toilets are available free of cost. But eventually as it grows, we would be introducing ‘pay and use’ toilets.”
Suresh Jagtap, Head of Solid Waste Management Department, said, “Such an initiative was needed. We have helped 3sindia to provide the best locations suitable for the toilets so that maximum people can use it. Along with it, we have provided electricity, sewage, drainage and water supply for the toilets.”