MUMBAI: A swanky and eco-friendly public toilet equipped with solar panel and vacuum technology to save water has come up at the Marine Drive in south Mumbai.
Built at a whopping cost of Rs 90 lakh, the facility will be of great help to the general public, including joggers and cyclists, who throng the iconic promenade, a civic official said.
People do not have to pay any fee to use it, he said. Shiv Sena's youth wing leader Aditya Thackeray inaugurated the six-block toilet here Monday.
I had the honour of inaugurating this world class sustainable toilet at Marine Drive, for all citizens to use. Thank you @Tarinijhanda & SamaTech for your collab with the BMC on this. Look forward to many more such toilets across Mumbai. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/ujT1rKAvKD— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) October 1, 2018
Leading alloy-maker JSW Group, Samatech Foundation, the social development arm of Samatech company, and the Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens Association came together to set up the facility.
A toilet generally requires eight litres of water for a single flush, but this facility uses only 800 ml water, an official of the JSW Group said.
"Besides saving water, the toilet's vacuum technology will prevent a few million litres of raw sewage from getting flushed directly into the Marine Drive bay each year," Samatech Foundation's co-founder Akshat Gupta said.