Temple at Madurai launches E-Toilets: 8 steps to use it in an effective manner!

Public toilets come in a new avatar to make India cleaner

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e-toilets in India. Flickr

September 24, 2016: E-toilets started in Madurai by Mayor in charge K. Thiraviam and Commissioner Sandeep Nanduri are certainly creating a buzz in the whole of India. Small things can make big differences and therefore this initiative is another step to create Swachha Bharat. So, what’s so special about these toilets? Have a look of the e-toilet of Bangalore!

If you are scratching your head that what make these toilets so special? Find out here:

  • E-toilet facility was installed at a public park near Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple on 22 September 2016Wednesday a step towards making Madurai a smart city.
  • The objective behind building these toilets is to ensure hygienic and immaculate conditions in public places.
  • One has to insert a 2 rupee coin to use it, a cheap price for use of such high-tech toilets!
  • Red, green and amber lights are the tri-colours useful for knowing what the toilet is indicating. Green denotes the toilet is in use, amber indicates the water level has dipped and red shows the toilets already in use.
  • The speciality of this toilet is that it gets cleaned by its own! Can’t believe it right? It is fitted with a 200 capacity overhead tank so after one uses it this super toilet tidies it automatically!
  • Skeptical of how it would work without electricity? No worries people administration has already thought about it! In the case of power failure, a power backup facility is available which works for 6 hours. 
  • A GPRS has been fitted in these two toilets that are connected to the city’s corporation website so if there is any dip in water level it will help in alerting the city corporation website.
  • So how will the common noddy know how to use it? There’s a solution for that too! Few people have been assigned the job of showing the onlookers how to use it.
  • The corporations are planning to set up 20 such toilets across the city! What a marvel will it be to see India grow and pay heed to important matters like hygiene and public toilets!
  • The doubt which will certainly be arising in everyone’s minds is how is the government going to manage such complex toilets with such huge population and in a nation where there is no scarcity of burglary, blindness and careless people?
  • Only time can clear our doubts of whether these e-toilets are going to be one of many exceptional things India is known for or will e-toilets become just another small cog in a large wheel!

–  by Ashwati Menon of NewsGram. Twitter: @Ashu_phoebe

  • Enakshi Roy Chowdhury

    its good to see that people are really taking “swach bharat” seriously

  • Antara

    Packed with multiple facilities, the environment friendly e-toilets must be widely used by people.

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Indian Government Spent Nearly Rs 4Kcr on Swachh Bharat Info, Education

“The Swachh Bharat mission can serve as a model for other countries around the world that urgently need to improve access to sanitation for the world’s poorest."

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The government's much publicised Swachh Bharat Mission -- which aims to enhance the level of sanitation in India and make the country open defecation free (ODF). Flickr

To make the Swachh Bharat Mission a success, India mobilised huge resources for information, education and communication (IEC) activities, with a new report estimating that the cash expenditure by the government, private sector, and the development community to be between Rs 3,500-4,000 crore in five years since the programme’s launch.

Of this cash spend, around 20 per cent was spent by the erstwhile Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, around 35 per cent by the state sanitation departments, around 25 per cent by other government ministries, and around 20 per cent by the private sector and the development sector collectively, said the report by consultancy firm Dalberg Advisors.

Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the government has shown remarkable ability to leverage resources across the public sector, private sector, media, and civil society, to make sanitation a mass movement in India.

In fact, the study estimates that the Swachh Bharat Mission mobilised a spend equivalent worth Rs 22,000-Rs 26,000 crore in monetary and non-monetary information, education and communication activities.

The researchers reached this figure by identifying the key activities and costs by different actors, modelling the number of “exposures” created, and estimating the investment required if the government were to “buy” these exposures in an efficient market.

An average person living in rural India was exposed to between 2,500-3,300 SBM related messages over the last five years, according to the study titled “An assessment of the reach and value of IEC activities under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen)”.

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Young Indians want to strengthen the ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative. Wikimedia Commons

A large majority of these messages were routed via newly constructed toilets, mass media, and the

Swachh Bharat logo. Other significant contributors included ambient media such as wall murals and hoardings, and other conventional channels such as inter-personal communication (IPC), digital media, and cinema.

Since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2, 2014, over 10 crore households toilets have been built in the country, leading to a significant improvement in sanitation coverage and reduction in open defecation.

Since 2014, engagement from the top political and government leadership, especially the Prime Minister, induced catalytic participation across segments, giving the cause of sanitation consistent attention and focus.

This translated into a mission mode approach where a range of government ministries, private sector organisations, the philanthropic ecosystem, civil society, and the media and entertainment sector participated to bring sanitation messaging and awareness to citizens at significant scale.

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When Modi visits the US later this month, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will honour the success of Swachh Bharat that has transformed lives around the country.

“Globally, sanitation-related diseases kill nearly 500,000 children under the age of five every year. Yet despite its importance, sanitation has not received significant attention. A lot of governments are not willing to talk about it, in part because there are not easy solutions.

Before the Swachh Bharat mission, over 500 million people in India did not have access to safe sanitation, and now, the majority do. There is still a long way to go, but the impacts of access to sanitation in India are already being realised,” the Gates Foundation said in a statement.

“The Swachh Bharat mission can serve as a model for other countries around the world that urgently need to improve access to sanitation for the world’s poorest.” (IANS)

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Lok Sabha Speaker Urges MPs to Take Zeal of ‘Swachhata Abhiyan Campaign’ to Every Village

"Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits," said Singh

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The government's much publicised Swachh Bharat Mission -- which aims to enhance the level of sanitation in India and make the country open defecation free (ODF). Flickr

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday launched a special cleanliness drive in the Parliament and urged the MPs to take the zeal of the campaign to every village in the country.

Birla said the commencement of the ‘Swachhata Abhiyan’ in the Parliament House was an endeavour to spread the message of cleanliness envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi.

The Swachhata Abhiyan was earlier launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to coincide with the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi which falls on October 2. Birla said that MPs were the representatives of 130 crore people in the Parliament and had an important role to spread awareness about cleanliness.

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“Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits,” said Singh. Flickr

“Swachhata is next to Godliness and this campaing is not only an Abhiyan of the Parliament alone, but will serve as an occasion to take the message of Swachhata to every village and town of the country to keep the society healthy,” said Birla.

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Earlier, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that this was the first time that such an initiative took place in the Parliament as he congratulated Birla for the effort.

“Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits,” said Singh. The members also paid floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and took a pledge to spread the message of cleanliness. (IANS)

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Swachh Bharat Mission Seems to Be on Its Way Out

The mission, which also inspired Bollywood to make a movie on the subject of sanitation, would now be undertaken on a back-end mission

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The Finance Ministry has decreased allocation to Swachh Bharat as the mission per se has almost ended with most targets till October 2, 2018 already being achieved. Flickr

With more important schemes on solid waste management and drinking water expected to get higher funding, the government’s much publicised Swachh Bharat Mission — which aims to enhance the level of sanitation in India and make the country open defecation free (ODF)– seems to be on its way out.

The Finance Ministry has decreased allocation to Swachh Bharat as the mission per se has almost ended with most targets till October 2, 2018 already being achieved. The mission, which also inspired Bollywood to make a movie on the subject of sanitation, would now be undertaken on a back-end mission of solid waste management under a cluster system, a top ministry official has said.

The mission was started in 2014. Run by the Government of India, the mission aimed to achieve an “open-defecation free” (ODF) India by October 2, 2019, by constructing 90 million toilets in rural India at a projected cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore.

“Swachh Bharat is now almost ending. It has reached the final stage and only 10 per cent of work is there. Now back-end work is to be done — solid waste management, it will be a cluster type of a thing, which cannot be an individual kind. That also has been factored in the expenditure. There is a gradual decrease in allocation on that,” Girish Chandra Murmu, Expenditure Secretary told IANS in an interview.

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The government’s much publicised Swachh Bharat Mission — which aims to enhance the level of sanitation in India and make the country open defecation free (ODF). Flickr

For 2019-20, the allocation for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has fallen by 25 per cent. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced proposal to expand the mission to achieve 100 per cent solid waste management as its expansion.

The budget outlay of Rs 12,644 crore allocated for SBM (Gramin) in the current year is around Rs 4,334 crore lower than the revised estimate of 2018-19. Swachh Bharat Mission which was an election plank in 2014-15 as a core scheme had an revised outlay of Rs 16,978 crore in FY19, lower than budget estimate of Rs 17,843 crore. Prior to that, in FY18, the mission got actual outlay of Rs 19,427 crore.

Sitharaman in her Budget speech had said Swachh Bharat would now be expanded. “I now propose to expand the Swachh Bharat Mission to undertake sustainable solid waste management in every village,” she had said

“Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has touched the very conscience of the nation besides bringing enormous health and environmental benefits. This scheme initiated in 2014, has achieved a resounding success as 9.6 crore toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014.”

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She said that more than 5.6 lakh villages have become ODF. “We have to build on this success. We must not only sustain the behavioural change seen in people but also harness the latest technologies available to transform waste into energy.”

“I now propose to expand the Swachh Bharat Mission to undertake sustainable solid waste management in every village,” she added.

With each year passage of the Swachh Bharat, critics and experts have repeatedly pointed out that while the Swachh Bharat Mission had an important goal in mind, the question of what to do with the waste accrued was never sufficiently answered. So far, India had largely been relying on the informal sector for waste management. (IANS)