Nellore to Get Highest Number of School eToilets in India
Nellore in Andhra Pradesh will soon have 362 e-toilets in schools, thus making it the first district in India to have highest number of school e-toilets. The automated and self-cleaning eToilets are being installed in the district as part of the CSR initiatives of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan campaign. Kerala-based Eram Scientific Solutions is the sole manufacturer of these e Toilets.
The 362 eToilets will be installed in 316 schools across the district, thus making Nellore the district with the highest number of eToilets. Until now, it was Kochi that held the record, with 105 e-toilets in 30 schools.
Eram Scientific had announced the world’s economically priced e-toilets on October 2, 2014. The eToilet model is called e-Lite14 eToilet for schools. It has got automated self-cleaning and washing mechanisms and automatic floor wash system, automatic ceiling light, exhaust fan, in-built sensors to conserve electricity and water and has an overhead water tank.
The eToilet comes with enough natural lighting and ventilation and is provided with manual system so that it works even if there is no power. It works on an electric or solar grid. Each toilet costs Rs. 1 lakh and they come with a year’s free warranty and insurance coverage. The base of the eToilet is made of stainless steel.
Anvar Sadath, CEO of Eram Scientific said that Swach Barath should give way for innovations and welcome new changes rather than going on with the existing practice of brick and mortar structures. Eram Scientific intends to think beyond just building toilet structures and see sanitation in a more holistic way.
The toilets will be available for use by July 2015. So far, Eram Scientific has deployed more than 650 eToilets in 15 states in India. They have also received over 35 awards, both international and national for their innovative contribution to sanitation.
The company has developed a wide range of toilets so far, depending on various user preferences. They include general model for public, disabled friendly model and She Toilet with sanitary napkin vending machine with an incinerator. Eram Scientific is closely working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, California Institute of Technology, Duke University, and University of South Florida etc for developing different versions of sanitary solutions.