Friday, December 9

New Town residents get pay-and-use toilets made of recycled cargo containers

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The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has set up pay-and-use toilets made out of recycled cargo containers at nine places across New Town. The containerized toilets are approximately 8ft high, 8ft wide and 20ft long and have been aesthetically designed keeping in mind the green surroundings.
NKDA chairman Debashis Sen inaugurated the toilets on Monday along with other officials present on the ocassion. The toilets with smart signage to indicate men’s and women’s sections have solar panels on top to generate renewable energy for the sensor-based lights inside. The sensors allow the lights to get dimmed when the toilet is not in use and to light up whenever anyone enters, thereby saving energy, officials said.
The toilets have been set up at New Town smart plaza, inside NKDA bus terminus near Pride Hotel, near PHE tank No. 1, Sonar Kella park, Chittaranjan Cancer Hospital, behind Central Mall, in front of Candor Tech Space, near NBCC Complex and near Restello Building and the facilities (charging Rs 2 and Rs 5) will remain open from 9am to 10pm everyday.

The New Town residents said that such pay-and-use toilets were much needed in the area. “These would be very useful keeping in mind that there were not many such facilities in the township. Moreover, the solar panels would help in developing renewable energy which would be environment friendly,” said Kaustav De, a local resident.

NKDA has also been working to recycle and re-use waste and discarded items as part of its waste disposal system. The authorities have already set up a bio gas generation plant which is expected to start working from mid March onwards.

Also,the authorities have set up the zero-waste shop where old discarded cloths and other wastes could be handed out for recycling into useful products.

Earlier Hidco also recycled abandoned pier cap pillars into architectural installations with the help of artist Rupchand Kundu.

Source: TimesofIndia

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