Manav Vikas School, a school in Jamshedpur, in May 2017 decided to set up an environment-friendly toilet made of plastic bottles and other materials. The school is managed by retired employees at Garudbasa in Telco.
Deputy Collector in the chief minister's camp office, Sanjay Kumar Pandey said, “The proposed toilet would be set up on an experimental basis and later such toilets would be set up at other places. Establishment of other toilets will depend on the success of the first toilet”. Pandey said that they have a target to implement the project before Environment Day, that is, 5 June 2017.
Pandey who was lauded by the authorities for the pilot project said, “The facility is negligible when compared to the number of students studying in it and therefore the pilot project would be started from here”.
Reports suggest that the financial expenses of the toilet will be borne-out by Mondrita Chatterjee, STD VII student of the city-based Hill Top School, and her family.
Who is Mondrita Chatterjee?
Mondrita Chatterjee, a student of class VII, is a girl who had spent her savings for the construction of toilets in the periphery of the city. She was also felicitated in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das at a function held in Jamshedpur a few months ago.
These bottles will be collected from the nearby residential colony and maximum of these bottles will be collected by students from their homes.
How will the toilet be made?
The environment-friendly toilet will be developed by filling the unused water bottles with sand, iron-ore dust and slag ash. These materials would serve as an alternative to bricks. Around 3000 empty plastic bottles would be required for construction of the toilet.
Objective: The project was proposed with an aim to utilise the unused plastic bottles and slag ash, which is available in plenty in and around the city. This step will also help them to maintain the cleanliness of the city.
Secondly, the project also has an aim of sending a message to people or the society that unused items can also be used for a constructive purpose.