After flop show of stinking e-toilets, MBMC eyes smart loos

Bhayandar: Toeing the line of their Thane counterparts, the Mira Bhayan­dar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has replicated the innovative and futuristic “Smart Toilet” concept.

The civic administration will install a smart toilet unit at the MBMC’s main administrative building in Bhayandar on a pilot-basis. If successful, the facility will be extended to public places.

The decision was taken at a meeting of a delegation of Yuva Sena leaders, led by Purvesh Sarnaik, and MBMC chief Balaji Khatgaonkar to address the issue of unhygienic and unclean public toilets.

Equipped with sensors for the fan and lighting system, the disabled-friendly toilets, devised by AutoNxt Automa­tion, operate on a robotic system not only to clean itself before entry after use but also wash the unit automatically twice a day by spraying aroma­tic soap lather, followed by a high pressure jet spray of water and then a spray of fragrance.

To reduce consumption and minimise the waste, the toilets are programmed to flush out limited water. Also, the free-to-use and eco-friendly toilets are equipped with an in-built waste treatment mechanism to recycle water for reuse. The smart toilets also come with an anti-theft alarm to save recurring expenses.

Notably, less than six months after the launch of MBMC’s e-toilet project, the prefabricated stainless steel structures have been lying dysfunctional and neglected, crying for attention, as residents are coming forwa­rd with multiple grieva­nces against the much-hyped facility.

By Suresh Golani

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