Buses in Karnataka will soon have toilets that convert waste into manure
In a welcome move, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has announced that it will introduce bio-toilets in its buses that fare long distances. Over the next few months, this will not only reduce the travel time of the buses but also come as a relief to travellers, especially diabetics, who need to use the toilet on a frequent basis.
Currently, five buses that ply between Bengaluru and Mysuru have standard toilets built in them. These toilets are, however, very difficult to manage. Cleaning and maintaining them is a big hassle and costs a lot of money. To fix these existing issues, the garbage collected from the bio-toilets will be converted into useful manure and can be purchased by interested parties.
"We are in talks with companies such as Scania, Volvo, and Mercedes to install bio-toilets in the buses they provide. We are yet to decide the routes in which this facility will be provided," Rajender Kumar Kataria, Managing Director of KSRTC told The Hindu.
Indian Railways have also recently introduced bio-toilets as part of the government's mission to end open defecation in India. The introduction of bio-toilets that convert waste to manure is a step forward in this regard. Kataria told SMTV 24x7 News, "This will be sold to those who approach us. We met railway officials to learn how bio-toilets function."