Open Defecation Free Maharashtra: E-toilets to be set up at BKC in Mumbai

In order to maintain the Open Defecation Free status in Maharashtra, e-toilets with automated cleaning will now be set up in Bandra-Kurla Complex.

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The entire state of Maharashtra (rural and urban areas) was declared Open Defecation-Free (ODF) in 2017 by the Quality Council of India, but in Mumbai-Mankhurd, Shanti Nagar in Wadala, Antop Hill, Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Mahim Causeway, and Somaiya Ground, Sion, there are spots where people defecate in the open.

Taking cognisance, now the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has planned to provide electronic (e-toilet) toilet facilities.
An MMRDA official said that this facility will be useful, especially for autorickshaw and taxi drivers. Being a commercial hub, almost every company has offices at BKC and so auto, taxi and private cab services (Ola and Uber) are in abundance. Taking this under consideration, the unmanned e-toilet facility has been considered and it will help MMRDA in maintaining the status of Maharashtra as ODF.

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In order to use the facility, the user must insert a coin and the doors open automatically, however, the user fee is yet to be decided. According to an official, the pre-fabricated steel toilets have pressure nozzles which make flushing easier and pressurised flushing addresses the problem of unclean toilets, and the fitted sensors make the cleaning process automatic.

The sensors also ensure the floor is cleaned automatically after five uses. An improved ventilation system is another feature of this e-toilet. MMRDA has called interested agencies to set up e-toilets at ten locations in BKC on a pilot project basis. In lieu of this, they will get advertisement rights for up to five years.

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