Thiruvanthapuram, April 23, 2012: Eram scientific solutions, the Technopark-based company entrusted with manufacturing of e-toilets will forward a proposal to the local self government department regarding a new concept called connected e-toilet infrastructure (CeTI).
The project envisages establishing connectivity of e-toilets via web and mobile phone. Once this project is implemented, every e-toilet will be coordinated from a common control point. In the next step, a person travelling across the state can get information about the nearest e-toilet available on his route.
"We have already installed 25 units in Pathanamthitta. By May, the government has asked us to set up e-toilets in all panchayat divisions in the district. With the completion of e-toilets in Pathanamthitta, the model will be submitted for the entire state," said Manohar Varghese, director, Eram scientific solutions.
The project is modelled on the National Public Toilet Map programme in Australia, which shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private-public toilet facilities across the country. The project is funded by department of health and ageing, Australian Government. Details of toilet facilities can also be found along major travel routes.
"We will have to identify service providers who will inform passengers about the proximity of e-toilets on their phone. The model can be successfully extended to all districts in the state," said Manohar.
Meanwhile the government has approved the feasibility of e-toilets in urban, semi-urban, tourism destinations, small towns and other suitable public places. Earlier, a technical committee appointed by the government had evaluated the e-toilets and found that the units already installed were acceptable and widely appreciated by the public.
So far, e-toilets have come up in six major tourism destinations in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Thirty-five units have been installed in various municipalities and 25 units were installed in corporations across the state. Over 300 e-toilets are expected to come up across the state in the coming months. (Source: TNN)