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Public toilets have always been a big problem in India. New and innovative solutions are created everyday to solve this problem. The latest in the row of toilet innovation is the E-Toilet by a company called Eram Scientific Solutions which is a part of the Eram Group, a technology research and development company.
The company created the toilet called ‘Delight’. Delight is an automatic public toilet with automated payment collection, door opening, flushing, floor cleaning and sterilization. The GPRS enabled system allows controlling the toilet remotely by administering collection monitoring and unit health status through web application and mobile phones. Delight is equipped with a Bio Membrane Reactor that helps recycle the water and reuse it for flushing and cleaning. Solar panels are available for alternate energy needs. In the areas where drainage tank facility is not available Delight can provide a Green Eco Friendly solution to manage the waste and its disposal like the Bio Membrane tank system and the Water recycling unit.
The toilet needs around 45sqft of built space and comes with a coin validator where the insertion of coins opens the door. Delight is first in the line of world class sanitation facility in India. Around 150 toilets have already been installed and another 300 are due to be installed.
The cost of e-toilet varies from Rs.350,000 to Rs.850,000 (inclusive of bio-membrane reactor’s price). Bio-membrane reactor is a nano-technology-aided device that instantly recycles the used water and makes it ready for future use, according to an article in IBN Live. The income generating model for these toilets is the advertisement panels attached outside and the collections everyday by the users. The present installations have been made possible by funding sources like the Local Area Development Funds, local self governments, corporate social responsibility funds, Lions Clubs and NGOs and trade organizations according to an article in Business Standard.
Kerala is the first state in India to offer the connected toilet facility and other states will follow soon. Eram Technologies has also joined hands with Toonz Academy and created cartoon characters on the front panels of the units to be installed in schools in Ernakulam to make students aware of cleanliness and hygiene. More information about this project is here.