IMPHAL, Sept 12 - Thirty electronic toilets or e-toilets, which are self-contained and self-cleaning toilets, will be introduced in and around the Manipur capital under the Smart City Mission (SCM), Th Harikumar, Director of the Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) Department, stated.
�The e-toilets will be installed at seven different locations in Imphal,� Harikumar said. The site survey has been completed and the detailed project report has been approved for procurement of e-toilets, he added.
The MAHUD Director Harikumar was speaking on the SCM during the �Vartalap� media workshop on various Central Government schemes sponsored by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India, here today.
He said many smart systems including the integrated command and control centre, Mall Road development in the Thangal Bazaar area, riverfront development on the western side of the Imphal river between Minuthong to Sanjenthong, and door-to-door collection of segregated household waste from Imphal areas under the existing solid waste management rules will be implemented under the SCM.
With a population of 2,68,243 (as per the 2011 Census), Imphal city with 27 municipal wards covering an area of 23 sq km was selected as a culturally vibrant, tourist and sporting destination and a business centre among 100 cities in India under the SCM which was launched on June 25, 2015.
�Riverfront development (Minuthong to Sanjenthong in Imphal) will be done by creating gardens and carrying out heritage activities along the river bank,� said the MAHUD Director. The contract has been signed with the Planning and Development Authority for the Rs 12.31-crore project with an aim to complete it within one year.
Similarly, the Mall Road development project will cost around Rs 5.6 crore, he added. At the same time, the integrated command and control centre will be developed at 27 locations in Imphal. Site survey is in progress for close-circuit TV camera and automatic number plate recognition locations.
Survey is also on for implementation of door-to-door collection and segregation of household waste, he said. The project will started from October end. The total cost of the Imphal SCM project is Rs 1,344 crore including a Central Government share of Rs 500 crore.
�As there is fund shortage, we are looking for private investments including the corporate social responsibility,� Harikumar said.