Indian company Eram Scientific Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has developed India’s first e-toilet, which has the capability to flush, clean, and maintain itself. There are currently only 16 toilets installed in Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, but the company hopes to install another 10,000 over the next financial year. The units are designed with efficient water conservations tools as well as waste decomposing and water re-use. The toilets have a lifecycle of approximately seven to ten years, and the company expects to add facilities, which can be used by physically challenged people, women, and children. Thiruvananthapuram, March 28 (IANS) A coin is dropped into the slot and bingo the door to the toilet slides open, the light and exhaust fan turn on. And after use, in case you forget to flush, the automated flushing turns on and sterilizes the commode too. Welcome to unmanned electronic public toilets that are making their presence felt in India.

Delight, the country’s first e-toilet unit, has been developed by city-based Eram Scientific Solutions (P) Ltd. It is part of Eram Group, a company which has operational presence in India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Currently, there are 16 units installed, of which six are in Greater Noida, in Uttar Pradesh, while the rest are at various places in Kerala.

M.S. Vinod, director of Eram, said this e-toilet is a result of a convergence of electronics, web and mobile technologies.

‘It features an automated door opening, power flushing, automatic closet washing and sterilization, and automatic platform cleaning mechanism, all backed by SMS alerts to inform the control room about the status of water tank and bio gas plant in the event of any errors or failures,’ Vinod told IANS.

An e-toilet occupies around 20 square feet and has two doors — a sliding door at the front, and a normal door ahead of the toilet.

‘As soon as the coin (entry charge) is dropped, the sliding door opens and the light and the exhaust fan come on. Inside the toilet there is a bucket, mug and all other items. In case the user does not flush the toilet after use, the system automatically does all the cleaning operations.’