As per the Housing and Urban Development department, the existing community and public toilet facilities in the ULBs of Odisha are seemingly inadequate to cater to the need of this deprived population alone. To address this issue, the concept of hybrid toilet has been introduced in the State for use of both community as well as general public.
The hybrid toilet is unique as they need only 300ml of water to flush out slush as compared to 10 to 15 liters required in a standard loo. The maintenance cost is also minimal. Moreover, the toilet complex will have energy efficient LED lighting system.
The Hybrid toilet will be constructed in the public places for the use general public in slums for the use of community. “Making urban areas open defecation free is a challenge. The State government has targeted to end open defecation in all municipal areas in the State by October 2, 2019.Hybrid toilets will serve the purpose to great extent,”
The H & UD department and SMC have joined hands with Sulabh International, a social service organisation, for the execution of the project (Amrut) scheme.
The Odisha government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the state secretariat in presence of Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo under which the toilets called “Hybrid Toilet” will be built with Sulabh International Social Service Organization (SISSO) for construction and maintenance of 871 hybrid toilet seats in SMC.
Sambalpur will have the share of 871 toilets seats in 156 toilets. The toilet complexes will house five, seven and ten seats each. So far SMC has started the hybrid toilet complexes construction in different places.