Pune: The first set of e-toilets was on Thursday set up on Jangli Maharaj (JM) Road opposite Hotel Shiv Sagar.
People can use these toilets by inserting a coin of 50 paisa or Rs 1, 2, 5 or 10. It is linked with an application through the Internet giving live updates regarding the usage as well as any fault to the Sewage Management Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Mayor Mukta Tilak, MP Anil Shirole were present. Shirole has taken the initiative to set up these toilets in the city. They have been built using the MP local development funds.
In the first phase, 14 such e-toilets will be installed at 10 locations.
There are separate e-toilets for men and women. Among these, two women e-toilets have been built opposite Hotel Shiv Sagar on JM Road.
Other two e-toilets (one each for ladies and gents) will be at the Model Colony near Om Supermarket. They will also be set up on FC Road opposite Rupali Hotel, Hirwai Garden, Shivajinagar Court, Senapati Bapat Road, under Warje flyover, Neelayam Talkies Bridge, Vimannagar and Sinhagad Road near the Sewage Treatment Plant.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Mukta Tilak said, “This initiative undertaken by MP Anil Shirole is a great step in making Pune a smart city. These e-toilets will not only prove beneficial toward clean and hygienic sanitation but also give easy and comforting experience to users, especially women.”
Shirole said, “Sanitation has always been one of the grave concerns. Just setting up public toilets isn’t always enough. Their cleanliness and hygiene are always questionable given the irregular maintenance. But with these automated self-maintaining e-toilets, I am sure the city will get good and hygienic sanitation facilities.”