In its continuous efforts to provide convenience to pilgrims, the Uttarakhand government has come up with an idea of deploying bio-digester toilets on the way to the four dhams. The toilets have been developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), and around 100 of those would be placed on the high-altitude paths leading to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
According to a state official DRDO originally designed these toilets to be used by army in high-altitude regions. But considering their low maintenance, easy installation and eco-friendly nature, these will be used on routes to char dham. He further said these customizable toilets, each costing Rs 7 lakh, have been developed in stationary as well as mobile formats for hilly terrains.
The state tourism department will be using both of these versions. A senior official of the tourism department said “As per the need and availability of space, we intend to use both the versions. In a soon-to-be-held meeting with the local administration, we will decide the exact coordinates of their placement. And post finalizing the locations, the department will use special road markings to signify pilgrims about these toilets.