With the schools being closed for session end break, kids become desperate to go out somewhere. Mycity4kids is my first choice when it comes to searching for resources for children. Scrolling down the ‘Fun Places to go with kids’ section, my eye fell on this place called Toilet Museum. “Curious! Toilet museum? Is there even a place by the name in Delhi? Hmm!” my mind began wondering. I read further about it. The pictures looked not so interesting at first but my curious mind was not ready to give up so easily.
To convince everybody to go there was not easy. Kids these days are more attracted to the electronics games and play areas in the malls which provide them instant pleasure and rewards. Finally, I managed to convince them and we visited the Toilet Museum on a Sunday afternoon.
The place did not look very exciting at first situated in a very congested area of the city. However, it is very neat and well maintained from inside. A big hall holds various photographs, information, sanitation artefacts and different models of toilets from as early as 3000 BC. The place is run by Sulabh International, an NGO working for the cause of global sanitation. Outside the hall, there are various models of Sulabh toilets constructed by the organisation in various parts of our country as well as around the world.
Sulabh toilets works on the decomposition of human excreta thus saving the environment from getting polluted. The organisation people told us about how apart from the sanitation facilities, they are working consistently on saving water and managing and turning human excreta into useful resources.
For a smaller scale, Sulabh toilets are connected to two pits where the waste gets collected and is kept covered for two years. During these two years, the waste gets decomposed and gets converted into manure which is then used for agricultural purposes.
On a larger scale, the Sulabh toilets are constructed in such a way where the waste then gets collected in a bigger underground pit. The pit is covered is covered with mud and plants are grown on it. The pit relates to pipes leading to three other sections. The solid form of the waste is converted to manure, the gases are collected in a huge gas container. The gas coming out from this waste is methane gas which is very harmful for the environment. Therefore, this gas cannot be released into the atmosphere. The gas is collected in the biogas container and from there it is used to light bulbs, generator and cooking purposes in the kitchen. The gas gets consumed leaving no pollution behind. The liquid is treated, purified and cleansed from all the impurities and used for irrigation purposes within the premises of the museum.
The place proved out to be very interesting. The visit turned out to be educational and knowledgeable. Toilet museum surely is worth a visit.