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Urinals at AIIMS, New Delhi

Urinals for the passerby and people living by footpaths near AIIMS

Since our establishment in 2014, we have tried, failed and learned a lot about various aspects of public urination. We tried our various prototypes by placing them in different localities, a brief overview of which can be seen below.

First Site targeted in 2014 - AIIMS :

  • Our first project was at AIIMS in 2014 where we tried our first prototype of public urinals made out of 20 liter water canisters.

  • The project’s total cost was estimated around ₹ 10,000, a major part of which was collected by nearby shopkeepers, pedestrians, and the regular visiting population of that area.

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Public Urination is one of the many major problems in urban cities. Basic Shit has a vision to tackle the public sanitation issues starting from our hometown in New Delhi, India. The main issue in congested public spaces is the lack of clean and functional toilets. The results of this problem include: 

  • Open Urination by the male population, which ends up adversely affecting the spaces and citizens either directly or indirectly.

  • Women find it very difficult as there are no safe, convenient and hygienic alternatives for them.

  • Children and Senior Citizens also struggle due to the lack of this basic public service available on the road or in the public.


The solution that we plan to propose:

As part of our fight against the menace of public urination, we are on the lookout for hotspots where public toilets aren’t possible to set up. We plan to setup P-Tree Towers at these sites, which offer an environmentally friendly way to deal with urine, reducing the load on public sanitary infrastructure. These P-Towers directly process the urine to extract urea which acts as a very good fertilizer. The plants that are grown produce high oxygen into the air, thus helping us clean the environment

Our product also helps reduce the urea and ammonia effluents in the nearby water bodies, thus helping preserve aquatic wildlife and natural resources.

After researching the public urinals and their design models very rigorously, we worked on the design of a modern urinal that suits the needs of an urban locality. The problems to tackle at hand were inaccessibility of the public urinals nearby, non-feasibility of traditional urinals, security and cleanliness.

The Asian Development Bank provided us with a grant of ₹ 2,50,000 which was used in the Research and Development for an urban solution. After months of trying various design approaches, ‘Loo Loo No. 1’ was born. The salient features of this public urinal:

  • Self Sustainable Toilet Design

  • Odorless urinal, clean & hygienic

  • Efficiency and water saving via common source of water for hand wash and flush

  • Chemicals not used to clean the toilet

  • Coin Operated Doors

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