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Special “SHE Toilets” For Women in Telangana

G Nikhila
Assistant Engineer
Solid Waste Management, GHMC

SHE Toilet is a modular pre-fabricated public toilet with accessories especially for ladies, made of stainless steel which is integrated with user-friendly electronic interfaces started by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), writes G Nikhila, Assistant Engineer, Solid Waste Management, GHMC.

In line with the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Government of Telangana has launched the Swachh Telangana Mission with a goal of achieving “open defecation free cities” by 2019. The primary objective is to achieve open defecation-free towns, ensuring adequacy through construction of toilets – Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs), community and public toilets and effective operations and maintenance.

Besides restoration of dignity, privacy, safety and social status, sanitation has strong bearings on child mortality, maternal health, water quality, gender equity, reduction of hunger and food security, environmental sustainability and ultimately poverty alleviation and improvement of overall quality of life.

“The benefits of having e-toilets are priceless. With the best access to female and physically challenged that motivates them to use the toilets.”

In view of the above, with an intention to facilitate the women citizens of Hyderabad with improved access to public toilets, GHMC is committed to install modern E- Toilet, or Electronic Toilet System.

SHE Toilet is a modular pre-fabricated public toilet with SHE accessories especially for ladies, made of stainless steel which is integrated with userfriendly electronic interfaces. These are sophisticated, unmanned, and automated having remote monitoring capabilities to track its health status over web.

E-toilets, by integrating electrical, mechanical and web mobile technologies, incorporate full-cycle approach in sustainable sanitation installed especially for women, as they face the problems due to nonavailability of exclusive SHE-toilets with automatic operating system and other facilities to cater to their special needs. The benefits of having e-toilets are priceless, including providing best access to female and physically challenged that motivates them to use the toilets.

With a request made by GHMC, the programme has also received funding support from the various esteemed organisations as part of corporate social responsibility – CSR initiatives and partnered with the innovative project initiated by GHMC.

So far, GHMC has received around Rs 3.67 crore from various institutions and corporate such as HUDCO, BDL, SBH, IOCL, TSCAB etc. GHMC has installed 15 SHE toilets so far in Hyderabad.

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