In another step to acquire the ‘Smart City’ status for Navi Mumbai, and in keeping with the PM’s Swachh Bharat campaign, 30 new e-toilets will be rolled out soon, under the MLA fund of Belapur MLA Manda Mhatre.
Several key areas in her constituency nodes—market centres, traffic junctions, autorickshaw stands, joggers’ tracks, educational institutions to even railway stations—will have these much-needed toilets.
Mhatre unfolded the concept and design of the e-toilets at a function held in a city hotel on Friday. “The MLA fund of Rs two crore will be allocated by the collector’s office to the NMMC. We are examining the proposals submitted by three parties and the civic body will select one after floating the tender,” said Mhatre.
Each of the 30 new toilet facilities will have two toilets for men and women respectively, along with two urinals for men. Other facilities have also been planned, such as seating arrangements outside the toilets, wash basin along with mirrors and even a security guard cabin in front of the facility. These are not pay-and-use, but free of cost and are reportedly better than the ones provided by NMMC, according to Mhatre.
The toilets would not only keep the city clean but also enable a happy and trouble-free usage, said the MLA. Apart from the 30 e-toilet facilities across the nodes (see box), several pay-and-use single-user toilets will be coming up along the Thane-Belapur Road and Palm Beach Road.
The first such toilet is coming up near the Pawne flyover on Thane-Belapur Road. Manoj Patil, executive engineer sewage treatment & public toilet management department,NMMC said, “The single-user e-toilet will be installed soon.”
The 30 new e-toilets are in addition to the 36 fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) and 18 container toilets to be built in the slums. These will be connected with water and sewage pipelines. In the absence of sewage lines, septic tanks or suction pumps will release the waste into sewage lines. Each of these facilities will have five toilets each for men and women.
Irrespective of political differences, the upcoming facilities to be provided by Mhatre found support from the civic body with the commissioner D T Waghmare saying that more such toilets will help keep the city clean.