Varanasi: After jetties, luxury cruises, a trash skimmer and a multi-modal terminal, bio-toilets on a boat are all set to make waves in Kashi.
The first set of on-board toilets, which are both environment-friendly and low maintenance, have been introduced by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation on India (DFCCIL is run by the ministry of railways) between Dashashwamedh and Rajendra Prasad ghats following a clearance from the Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC).
These bio-toilets are awaiting a formal inauguration, the date of which is yet to be announced.
Chief city health officer Dr GS Kesarwani said the floating toilets were being introduced for added public convenience near Ganga ghats. “The DFCCIL had sent a proposal to the civic body a few months ago for installing bio-toilets on boats with CSR funds. The VMC examined the proposal and once it was convinced that there is no risk of river pollution, it gave the go-ahead,” he said.
Kesarwani added that while community toilets were available near the temple complex, where footfall is very high, the need for toilets along the riverbank was strongly felt because of the long-drawn rituals that people often have to attend to.
A bio-toilet is a type of green toilet that disintegrates and decomposes human waste into water and biogas (methane). The decomposition is carried out by bacteria in the bio-digestion tank. These toilets reduce sewage problem as well as water consumption.
Ceramic or steel can be used for the water closet or squatting pan. The bio-digestion tank is usually divided into multiple sections to process human waste. The decomposing tank has three output valves: one to remove foul smell, another to release methane and the third to remove or recycle water.
The USP? Bio-toilets can be installed anywhere without needing a big septic tank or sewage facility.
After the BJP-led NDA government came to power at the Centre in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency saw a slew of amenities and services, including sustained ghat makeover.
To boost tourism and commerce, cruises and jetties were introduced. A trash skimmer was pressed into service to keep the water surface clean. Movement of container vessels was also started from multi-modal terminal at Ramnagar. The floating green toilets will be another feather in its cap.