Electricity, water supply connections pending

The installation of the e-toilet beside the Thirunakkara ground in Kottayam Municipality has entered its final phase and is likely to be commissioned within a week. The facility is being installed by the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation (Keltron). While the unit has already been installed, the electricity and water supply connections are still pending. Municipal Standing committee (Health) chairman V.K. Anil Kumar expressed optimism that the pending work could be completed within a few days’ time, thereby paving way for the launch within a week.

A major step to make India open defecation free was taken on Thursday with the ministry of rural development headed by minister Jairam Ramesh joining hands with the ministry of defence under defence minister A.K. Antony to set up bio-digester toilets in 2.4 lakh gram panchayats in India.

The technology for these eco-friendly toilets has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and was originally used for human waste disposal for armed forces personnel deployed at high altitudes. But the technology has now been extended to suit all climates and biodigesters have been installed in various locations in J&K, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

All trains could soon have bio-toilets, with the Ministry of Rural Development offering to bear half the total cost — Rs. 500 crore — of installing them.

After meeting with Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal on Tuesday, Rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh said his Ministry would pay 50 per cent of the cost of retrofitting all 50,000 existing train coaches with green toilets, provided that the Railways pay the rest of the bill.

Srinagar: Governor NN Vohra here today reviewed the enforcement of the cleanliness and sanitation arrangements put in place at all camps and on both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes for the ongoing A

Passengers on long-haul trains will soon be saved from the stink from the coach toilets with Railways kicking off a green initiative in the State on Thursday to introduce “odourless” and hygienic bio-toilets aboard.

Train no. 16316/16315 Kochuveli-Bangalore Express has become the first train from the State and in Southern Railways to have bio-toilets on all compartments. The rake has arrived at Kochuveli.

CHANDIGARH, 6 JULY: Decrying the lack of proper sanitation facilities, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh today said toilets (in file photo) built over the past 10 years across the country ar

Kolkata, 4 JULY: Methane gas generated from human waste could be used to light up bio-toilets developed by scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The main objectives of the NBA are as: Bring about an improvement in the general quality of life in the rural areas; Accelerate sanitation coverage in rural areas to achieve the vision of Nirmal Bharat by 2022 with all gram Panchayats in the country attaining Nirmal status; Motivate communities and Panchayati Raj Institutions promoting sustainab

Dhamra: Showering praise on the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for being versatile, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said that besides developing missi

The Ecosan toilet project formulated by Centre for Water Resources and Management (CWRDM), here, to curb groundwater pollution due to the unscientific treatment of septage, is scripting a new story in ecological sanitation in the district.

As a pilot project, the CWRDM established Ecosan toilets at four locations in Chathamangalam Grama Panchayat last year and owing to the huge success of the project more panchyats have come forward to set up these toilets which are very eco-friendly.