Gurvinder Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
 The district administration will soon set up ‘electronic-toilet
facility’ for students with visual impairment and partial visual
impairment at the Braille Bhawan on the Chandigarh Road.
 The ‘e-toilet’ would be fully automated and is expected to be much
more convenient for the visually impaired.
 The toilet unit would be shiftable and would not require any touching
of buttons for cistern, etc. by users.
 According to information, the e-toilet unit would have sensors, and
would release water for cleaning purpose automatically after every
 The lights would also be turned on and off automatically. The amount
of water released for flushing the toilet would also be variable,
according to the time one uses it.
 These would be unmanned, automated, with prewash and post wash
facilities and would remain stench free.
 After around 10 persons use the toilet, the entire unit, including
the floor, would be completely washed without requiring anybody to
clean it.
 Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat said: “The e-toilet will be a relief
to the visually impaired students, as these will work automatically
and remain clean always. These will thus be easier as well as hygienic
to use.”
He said initially, there would be three units, one for males, one for
females and another for the physically handicapped persons.
“The original cost of the unit is very high, but we have asked the
manufacturer to bring down the cost by removing features we don’t need
including use of mobile app, etc.,” he said.
 Paramjit Kaur, Principal at Braille Bhawan, said it would be highly
beneficial for the visually impaired students on the campus.
 Another employee said the district administration was taking measures
to improve the lives of the visually impaired students.
“After the decision to make sensor-based smart classrooms for students
by the district administration, the e-toilet facility is another welc
Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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