Designs for ‘smart public toilets’ called by NDMC


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With a view to attracting public participation, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to go for a public competition for selecting the design for its proposed ‘smart public toilets’, wherein local residents can also take part.

According to a NDMC official, residents, consultants and architectural firms, apart from students, can apply for the competition. They would be expected to come up with comprehensive designs required for smart features such as renewable energy, LED, digital display panel and pharmacy. Transforming public toilets into ‘smart public amenities centres’ is one of the features of the NDMC’s ‘Smart City’ proposal submitted to the Centre.

According to the draft, the proposed centre will include ATMs, pathology labs, e-commerce centre, with rooftop carrying source of renewable energy. “In response to the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ launched by the government, NDMC has decided to go for a public competition for smart public toilet in within its jurisdiction,” the official said.

The designs should specify the consumables and power requirement of the proposed design. It should mention the assessed life of the designed component and include a plan for disposal of waste or environment impact, the official said. “There are many heritage buildings and monuments in the NDMC area, and the design should gel with the surroundings,” he added.

Last date for submission of entries is December 31, after which three winners will be chosen, who will get cash prizes worth Rs 1 lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000. The applicants should also provide the cost assessment of the proposed design for the setup and operation.

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