1. Manipal University student designs train toilet for Indian Railways; bags second prize

Manipal University student designs train toilet for Indian Railways; bags second prize

Manipal University student Vinod Anthony Thomas is in news for winning the second prize in an-India competition on toilet designs for Indian Railways.

By: | Updated: June 17, 2016 12:17 PM
Manipal student, toilet design, toilet design for train, indian rail train design Manipal University student bagged Rs 75,000 as prize money. The competition was for designing waterless and odorless toilets in trains. (Photo by Manipal University)

Manipal University student Vinod Anthony Thomas is in news for winning the second prize in an-India competition of the Indian Railways. Thomas a tenth semester student of Faculty of Architecture clinched the second prize at the competition organized by Research Designs and Standards Organization, Lucknow.

He bagged Rs 75,000 as prize money. The second place was shared by another designer, Rahul Garg and team member Saurabh Hans. The competition was for designing waterless and odorless toilets in trains.

According to a Manipal University release, “Ten entries were shortlisted and the designers had to present their projects to the jury, comprising experts from Railways, industry and academia/research fields, on May 31, 2016. Vinod’s design was adjudged the second best in the results announced on June 14, 2016.”

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“Vinod designed a toilet which does away with problems in the existing system of disposal of human waste on the tracks. His project also mentions that the existing model of toilets are not subjected to effective flushing resulting in the accumulation of dirt and therefore the foul smell,” the release said.

Manipal student, toilet design, toilet design for train, indian rail train design, (Image: Manipal University)

His design is meant to replace the system of flushing toilets with water by a conveyor system carrying waste in hermetically sealed pocket to a large collection bin to store waste and is run manually by a crank wheel. The bin has been designed in a way to reduce the amount of waste by way of decomposition and forced ventilation (evaporation of water), the release said.

Director, Faculty of Architecture, Professor Nishant H Manapure said, “Vinod has brought laurels to Manipal University by bagging the second prize at the important competition. It’s first of its kind for FOA and am hopeful the students will showcase their talent in future also.”

Meanwhile, stepping up efforts to make environment better, the railways has set a target to install bio-toilets in all coaches to ensure the entire rail network as zero discharge zone by 2019.

According to the action plan, railways will install 1.40 lakh bio-toilets in about 55,000 coaches in the next three years.

Railways has installed about 37,000 bio-toilets in coaches till now.

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    Anek
    Jun 21, 2016 at 8:57 am
    How does the collection bin ensure forced ventilation has not been explained? You need an air circulation system to enable forced ventilation. The crank wheel may ensure zero visibility but that does not necessarily eliminate odour. Your forced ventilation and "odour elimination" are on two different systems. I guess the system is not well summarized in this article. And who will operate the crank wheel? While the flush is not provided, you still need water to wash the body parts. Indians are not habituated to not using water for washing body parts after using the toilet.
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      abhishek
      Jun 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm
      nothing new about this. this concept could be brought before. railways could have got this techinque long back by looking at the toilets of the aeroplanes.i dont know why they paid him 75k.
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        A Friend
        Apr 8, 2017 at 8:43 pm
        haters gonna hate.
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        vivek
        Jun 17, 2016 at 9:16 am
        Copied concept combining both 1 and 2: 1) A team from Cranfield University in the UK has developed a toilet that treats human waste in the home without external energy or water. The device marks a potentially significant advance for those in developing countries who suffer from diseases related to improper sanitation and sewage treatment. The Nano Membrane Toilet Designed for single-household use. The toilet aims to treat human waste in the home without external energy or water. The flush uses a unique rotating mechanism to transport the mixture into the toilet without demanding water whilst blocking odour and the user’s view of waste. Project sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Sept 2012 - May 2016 2) For sealed packet concept see "dry flushpromo1" in you tube.
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          vivek
          Jun 17, 2016 at 9:16 am
          Please explain about the design more so that to ensure, it has no relation with 1 and 2 mentioned below: 1) 2)
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