Urban Art Board to install another eco-friendly toilet

The Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) will soon roll out another eco-friendly loo near Shastri Bhavan in NDMC area here. Two other such toilets are also in pipeline.

One of the pending projects was supposed to come up at Mandi House but the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) later called off the offer of Mandi House as a potential site.
“The second prototype will be installed near Shastri Bhavan on Rajendra Prasad road. The model is almost ready and awaiting finishing.

However, the prototype will be installed some time in the mid-week in July as other technicalities need to be sorted,” said a DUAC official.

NDMC is responsible for giving the Commission for water and electricity connections, following which the model can be installed.

Free for users

Last year, the DUAC had installed the first prototype of the hi-tech loo outside Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. It is free for users and easy to maintain. These loos are pre-fabricated and the installation at the site is hassle-free, said officials. If required, the loos can be shifted easily from one site to the other with the help of a crane.
The DUAC has proposed to the civic bodies for replicating the model at close intervals on important stretches.

The basic cost of churning out one unit of this eco-friendly loo is around a lakh. The cost would go up depending upon the additional features of the loo.

“The material used gives the loo a longevity of around 15 years. There is no threat of the water tanker being stolen wither as it is concealed while making the model,” said the official.

There are four prototypes which are to be launched in the city. The DUAC had opened a competition for innovative designs on the loos based on which four design proposals were chosen.

If the production of the loos are scaled up, then the cost is likely to come down, said experts. Other civic bodies like the MCD and the PWD had also shown interest to adopt the model.

DH News Service   

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