Vellore will soon have ‘Namma Toilets,’ under the open defecation eradication programme.
The new model has already been introduced as a pilot project at Tambaram in Chennai and in Tiruchy. Officials of Vellore Corporation said the Namma Toilet model required less water. These toilets are prefabricated modular stalls and could be assembled at the site within a short period.
This project was planned following an announcement by the Chief Minister to provide safe sanitation. A total of 14 locations have been identified for the installation of these toilets, in Vellore. Of the 14 locations, 13 locations come under Zone 1- Tharapadavedu, since it is a newly-added area under the Corporation and the need to develop it was felt.
The other location identified was Zone 2- Sathuvachari, at the Vellore old bus stand venue.
The 13 locations in Tharapadavedu included Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Kolathumedu, Virudhampet Main Road, Kazhinjur, behind Vishnu Theatre, Om Sakthi Koil Street, Anna Veedhi, Ambedkar Nagar, Jothi Nagar, Aruppumedu, etc.
Three options of the new model toilet have been planned in Vellore - a bathroom and two toilets each for men and women, a bathroom and three toilets and a bathroom and five toilets with a waiting area.
The cost of construction of these models of toilets was estimated at `11 lakh, `16 lakh and `27 lakh respectively. The total cost of the project in Vellore was calculated around `240 lakh.
Apart from the toilets, a borewell with an overhead water tank and a sump to store water during power cuts have also been planned under the project. Officials said tenders for the whole project would be floated and the work would be complete within three to six months time. The project would be implemented under Build-Operate-Transfer method, where the contractor would construct, maintain the toilets for five years before handing it over to the Corporation.
During the period when the contractor maintains the toilets, a minimal amount would be charged for the public. Once the toilets are handed over to the Corporation, it would decide the charges for using them.