A unique initiative towards providing civic amenities, The first pair of fixed bio-toilets at Tata Steel works
IndiaCSR News Network
Jamshedpur: The first fixed bio-toilet unit located at Auction Yard gate was inaugurated yesterday by Suresh Dutt Tripathi, VP, HRM , and chairman, amenities committee; Madhulika Sharma, chief, infrastructure planning and d evelopment; Gopal Prasad Choudhary, chief of security; Martin Shah, secretary, amenities committee; Adi Narayan, alternate chairman, amenities committee; VR Swaminathan, head, sales; and other members of the amenities committee who were present on the occasion.
Constructing a conventional toilet and then connecting it to the main sewer line was a great challenge due to the remote location of the area. The problem as such was discussed with the research and development team which came up with the idea of having a bio-toilet. The concept was then developed by the ‘Nest-In’ team of the marketing and sales department and was implemented as a pilot unit inside the steel works under the guidance of the infrastructure planning and development department.
The bio-toilet uses an innovative, affordable, durable and eco-friendly construction solution developed by Tata Steel under the brand `Nest-In’ and uses the Nest-In methodology for wall construction and has a bio-digester for solid waste disposal. The unit has two toilets of 27 sq ft , one each for male and female workers. Both the toilets are fitted with electrical and plumbing fittings, etc.
The bio-toilet has been fitted with a 1,000- litre bio-digester that requires no sewage-line connection or additional septic tanks for disposal of solid waste from toilets. The bio-digester is filled with 400 litres of bacteria which eats up the solid waste and generates colourless, odourless water and gas which is continuously let off to the atmosphere. These bio-toilets are eco-friendly and can be installed anywhere within a few days as it does not require a septic tank and a conventional sewage system connection.
The bio-toilet at the scrap gate is a pilot construction and will be replicated at various locations in the steel works where installing a conventional toilet is difficult due to remote locations. This initiative is part of the on-going journey towards providing better civic amenities to everyone working inside the steel works.