Coin Operate Toilets in Greater Noida
Coin operated public toilets to hit the city soon. Following the frequent complaints of the residents and Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs’) against lack of public conveniences and poor maintenance of the existing toilets, Greater Noida Authority is going to set up fresh coin operated toilets and has constituted a team to ensure proper keeping of existing toilets.
First coin operated toilet has been already set up at the Parichowk, one of the main crossings of the Greater Noida, to ascertain the public response towards these modern toilets. The toilets are also a part of the pilot project. “We are getting a good response from the public. Thus we are going ahead with our project, establishing more toilets in several other parts of the city,” said RK Dev, GM Property, GNIDA.
Dev said, the coin operated toilets are totally based on the latest techniques. The toilets have automatic flushing and sensor operated basins.
The authority is planning to establish around a dozen of toilets in several areas, which are suffering from the public conveniences at most. The cost of one public toilet is said to be around 6 lakhs. The places like bus stops, market place, commercial belts will be in the priority list while establishing these automated toilets.
The maintenance and repairs of these coin-operated toilets will be the responsibility of the private company which is installing the toilets. In return, the company is being allowed to use the walls of these toilets for displaying their advertisements to generate revenue for next one year.
The installation of the coin operate public toilet is likely to bring a real ‘convenience’ to the people who are almost fed up from the existing toilets in the city. Despite being one among the most planned cities, the conditions of the existing public toilets are deplorable and are unfit to use. “Despite being one of the most essential public amenities, there are only fewer numbers of toilets in the city. Some are in the commercial belts and one or two are established in the markets in few sectors but the condition of all the toilets is almost ruined and are unfit to use,” said Illum Singh Nagar, President Evergreen Federation of Resident Welfare Association Greater Noida.
Nagar said the establishment of these automated toilets will indeed be a boon for the people here.
Besides the establishment of the new toilets, the authority has also constituted a team to ensure the maintenance of the existing toilets. However, the sources with the GNIDA claim, that the authority is also replacing the old toilets with these automated toilets at the cost of 10 lakhs each.
Over the charges he said, presently people can use these toilets free of cost. The charges would be implemented from the next month onwards. The debate over the user charge is still on but its likely to be minimum say it can be Rs 1 also.