Pune to get e-toilets

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

On Tuesday, Standing Committee has given its approval to the proposal of e-toilets. The e-toilet has Android application to identify the location of toilets. There will be a coin box outside the e-toilet.

PUNE: The civic administration has taken a decision to set up e-toilets in 11 areas of Pune city under the funds of Member of Parliament (MP). Presently, Navi-Mumbai has such kind of toilets.

On Tuesday, Standing Committee has given its approval to the proposal of e-toilets. The e-toilet has Android application to identify the location of toilets. There will be a coin box outside the e-toilet. The user will have to put a coin in it, and after that, the toilet door will open. A person can put minimum 50 paise to Rs 5 coin in the box. 

They will have features of enhanced cleanliness through auto flushes and floor washing, integrated with remote monitoring health status, easy to install pre-fabricated steel structure and energy conserving and environment-friendly. They will have a dedicated mobile or web application for 24x7 remote monitoring and require minimum size. 

The e-toilets will be set up at areas like JM Road, FC Road, Model Colony, Hirwai Garden, Bhairoba Nala, Gokhale Nagar, Ramoshi Vasti, Kamgar Status (Shivajinagar), Karvenagar, Mavale Ali and Dandekar bridge.

Maximum e-toilets will be set up for women as numbers are less in the city. There is one toilet per 235 persons in the city. Under the ODF (Open Defecation Free) scheme, the corporation constructed around 43,500 individual toilets and 830 public toilets. 

Yogesh Mulik, Chairman, Standing Committee, said, “Single seated toilet cost is around Rs 10 lakh while two seated toilet cost is around Rs 18.50 lakh. The company will give one-year free maintenance after that, one toilet will need Rs 11,000 for two seat toilet and Rs 500 for one seat toilet. We are installing e-toilet on a pilot basis.”

Siddharth Shirole, corporator and son of MP Anil shirole, said, “In the tenure of Municipal Commissioner of Navi Mumbai, Tukaram Munde installed e-toilets in Navi Mumbai. We visited Navi Mumbai and took the decision to install e-toilets in Pune city too.” 

Opposition leader Chetan Tupe said, “It is a wastage of money. Though the contractor is giving one-year free maintenance, cost of maintenance is very high.”

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