Mumbai: Hundreds of women spread across the city will now be able to use clean and hygienic toilets in Pune. The Pune Municipal Corporation will introduce a total of 14 e-toilets of which 12 will be exclusively for women and the remaining two will be for police personnel. The electronic toilets will be placed in different locations in the city including JM road, FC road, Model colony, Tukainagar and Gokhalenagar.
E-toilets will have features of enhanced cleanliness with auto flushes and floor washing. It will have an integrated remote monitoring health status that will be connected to a mobile or a web application for 24×7 remote monitoring. It will be operated by a dedicated team of engineers.
The coin-operating e-toilets will be equipped with a sanitary napkin vending machine and an incinerator, restroom with baby diaper changing station, fan, bench, mirror and a mobile charger point.
Construction of e-toilets is being funded by city’s Member of Parliament Anile Shirole.
MP Anile Shirole will provide money to build the toilet. The contract will be given to A private firm. The project will be on a pilot basis. The company will give one year free maintenance and after that one toilet will need Rs 11,000 for two seat toilet and Rs 500 for one seat toilet, said Yogesh Mulik, Standing Committee Chairman in a press conference held in Pune.
From the proposed 14 e-toilets, seven will be with a single seat and seven with doubles seats. While the cost of single seat would be Rs 9.96 lakh per seat, double seats would cost around Rs 18.48 lakh. Mr Shirole has allocated Rs 1.99 crore under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme.
E-Rickshaws For Waste Collection
The standing committee in the press conference also discussed about the need to introduce e-rickshaws for garbage collection. Mr Mulik gave a green signal to these rickshaws after the PMC raised the issue of garbage trucks not being able to access locations within city’s narrow lanes. The e-rickshaws due to its small size will pick up garbage from the smallest of the areas and thereby eliminating littering spots said Mr Mulik. Like the e-toilets, the PMC will give the contract of e-rickshaws to a private firm soon.