Rs 90 lakh toilet built at Marine Drive in Mumbai

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A swanky and eco-friendly public toilet equipped with solar panel and vacuum technology to save water has come up at the Marine Drive in south Mumbai. Built at a whopping cost of Rs 90 lakh, the facility will be of great help to the general public, including joggers and cyclists, who throng the iconic promenade, a civic official said. People do not have to pay any fee to use it, he said. Shiv Senas youth wing leader Aditya Thackeray inaugurated the six-block toilet here Monday. Leading alloy-maker JSW Steel, Samatech Foundation, the social development arm of Samatech company, and the Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens Association came together to set up the facility. A toilet generally requires eight litres of water for a single flush, but this facility uses only 800 ml water, an official of the JSW Steel said. Besides saving water, the toilets vacuum technology will prevent a few million litres of raw sewage from getting flushed directly into the Marine Drive bay each year, Samatech Foundations co-founder Akshat Gupta said.