For Designing Waterless And Odourless Toilet For Railways, Student Bags Prestigious Prize

The Logical Indian

June 18th, 2016 / 12:24 PM

Image Source: Manipal University

 

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.
vinod

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.

 


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Train Passengers Unclean Coaches

Frustrated Over Dirty Coaches & Toilets, Passengers Hold Up Super-Fast Train For Over An Hour To Get Them Cleaned

MP: Villagers Claim They Built Toilets Using Their Own Money With No Support, Govt Took Credit

Loo-se Ends; Indian Railways In A Fix Because Of Bio-Toilets

Are Toilets Possible Without Water? Architect From Chennai Makes A Documentary Exploring Solutions

My Story: It Took Me 4 Years To Get 6,000 Toilets Built In 34 Villages Of Gujarat

Can Urinals Be Waterless? This Organisation’s Innovation Made It A Reality

Latest on The Logical Indian

Get Inspired

Chennai Group Rescues Hundreds Of Stranded Animals In Kerala, Risking Own Lives

News

Finance Department Reveals Railways Operating At Loss; Spent Rs 111 To Earn Rs 100

News

Bengaluru: Over 1000 People Rendered Homeless After BBMP Demolishes Settlement

My Social Responsibility

Employing Thousands Of Landless Farmers, This Man Has Revolutionized Inland Fishery

Health

40% Eateries Listed On Food Delivery Apps Don’t Have Licences, FSSAI Asks To Delist Them

News

Bihar: Woman Kicked, Slapped & Paraded Naked By Angry Mob Over Suspicion Of Being A Murderer

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.