Mumbai: BMC’s unisex e-toilets near Gateway of India

Mumbai: After the launch of an integrated toilet at Marine Drive promenade,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are likely to launch three electronic or e-toilets opposite opposite Radio Club at the Gateway of India on October 6. The e-toilets will be sponsored and maintained by the Lions club.  Speaking to the Free Press Journal, a senior civic official from Solid Waste Management department said, “The user has to insert a Rs 5 coin and toilet doors will open. It is an unmanned electronic toilet since the floors will be cleaned automatically every fifth person has used it.

The flushing system is based on sensor technology. The e-toilet will flush twice, if a user takes more time.” The idea to install e-toilets is to stop taxi drivers especially at the Gateway of India from urinating in open spaces as there are not enough toilets for the taxi drivers and the tourists. A total of three toilets will be provided for public us.

The e-toilet concept was first successfully executed by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) in August 2015. The official added, “Unlike Mumbai, which gets heavy foot fall of tourists on daily basis, Navi Mumbai has lesser number, hence it has been a success. Hence these e-toilets are being set-up on a pilot project basis. If it becomes popular, we can provide more such toilets.” The e-toilet is made of stainless steel but this has higher consumption of water. In a one-time flush, nearly three litres of water are used. In the e-toilets six litres of water will be used. There are however many pluses like with the use automatic technology there will be no complaints of uncleaned floors, urinals and staff issues.

The local corporator Sujata Sanap, from Shiv Sena has opposed the urinals opposite Radio Club. “I am opposing this toilet because there is another toilet just 80 metres away. There was no need for a new one. It is a waste of money,” said Sanap. The civic official has slammed Sanap over her comment. They explained to her the uniqueness of e-toilet. The Lions Club will sponsor the e-toilets and the money collected from them will be taken by them for the maintenance.

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