Municipal administration, housing and urban development (MAHUD) and town planning minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today introduced mobile bio-toilet in a function held at Kanglapat road, opposite to Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) office.
Shyamkumar said the mobile toilets has been installed after discussion with the chief minister along with MAHUD and IMC to ease the inconveniences faced by the general public, including those who come to enjoy the Imphal Evening.
He said all together 9 mobile bio toilets (3 pair each) costing Rs 79,305.44 each (inclusive GST and transportation charges) have been installed along the road stretch from Raj Bhavan to Khuyathong. The minister gave assurance that more mobile bio toilets will be installed at various strategic locations in the state. He also stressed that the mobile bio toilet will not pollute the Kangla moat. One can use the toilet by spending Rs. 10 per usage, he added.
Gitkumar, MAHUD director said the technology of the mobile bio toilet has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and imported from Belgaum, Karnataka, where it has been developed. The portable septic tank (bio tank) attached with the toilet has a capacity of 700 litres while the attached overhead water reservoir has a capacity of 200 litres which can be refilled. He added it took 2 months for the mobile bio toilets to be delivered and maintained that it will not pollute the environment.
Gitkumar said the technology uses a process where specially developed bacteria acts on the human waste to convert it into odourless liquid form which can be removed using a special machine. The toilet does not need any sewage connection. The developers have claimed that the clean and odour-less liquid extracted after bio-degradation can be recycled for irrigation in gardens, he added.
Ng. Uttam Singh, joint director, MAHUD along with department officials and IMC officials and corporators attended the event.