In order to prevent waste from being collected in open sand pits, vacuum toilets were installed at Girgaon Chowpatty on Ganpati visarjan day. These toilets use vacuum technology with minimum use of water and collect the waste in a tank instead of disposing it off in open sand pits. Now, the authorities are planning to ensure that technology replaces the outdated mobile toilets currently in use at all social gatherings which have large crowds. This year two vacuum toilets were installed by technology company Samatech along with BMC.
The authorities wanted to highlight this new technology after the Free Press Journal published a story of how human waste was being collected in open pits at all the beaches during visarjan from general mobile toilets.
These vacuum toilets use one-tenth of the water used in normal toilets. Akshat Gupta, founder of Samatech, said, “The vacuum toilets use air pressure to flush the human waste and then use a minimal quantity of water (0.8 litres per flush) to clean the area.”
The BMC is positive that this environmentally-friendly technology will be a hit. Vijay Balamwar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department, said, “We installed two vacuum toilets this year as a model for our guests and eminent personalities.” The city’s first ‘Vacuum Toilet’ — a four-seater toilet for ladies – was constructed at Banganga slum settlement at Walkeshwar behind Nepean Sea Road earlier this year.