Vinod Anthony Thomas, a student of Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University, has bagged the second prize at an all-India competition for designing a waterless and odourless toilet for the Indian Railways. With his win, we can expect long-distance train journeys are going to be pleasant in the near future without any stinking toilets.
The university in a press release on Thursday said that the railways had organised the competition to design the toilets, keeping with Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat initiative. The competition was to design such toilets for operation and maintenance. The jury comprising experts from railways, industry and academics shortlisted 10 entries, where Vinod’s design was adjudged second best jointly with another designer, Rahul Garg and team member Saurabh Hans in the results announced on June 14. Vinod won a prize money of Rs 75,000.
Vinod, a 10th-semester Architecture student of Manipal, designed the toilet to do away with the unhygienic problem of disposal of human waste on the tracks. He also believes that the existing model of toilets does not have effective flushing system, which results in the accumulation of dirt and thus releases foul odour.
His design replaces the system of flushing with water by a conveyor system carrying waste in a hermetically sealed pocket to a collection bin that stores human waste and is run manually by a crank wheel. This evicts the chances of foul smell. The bin is designed in a way to reduce the amount of waste by way of decomposition and forced ventilation (evaporation of water).
The Logical Indian congratulates Vinod for bagging such a laurel. We hope the government will soon be able to introduce this system of toilets in trains, giving passengers respite from foul smell.