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This Karnataka Student Designed ‘Waterless And Odourless Toilets’ For Railways & Won Prize Money Of Rs 75,000

Vinod Anthony Thomas, Student of Faculty of Architecture (FOA), Manipal University, has bagged the second prize at a public competition for designing waterless and odourless toilets for the Indian Railways. The competition organized by Research Designs and Standards Organization, Lucknow.

Vinod Anthony Thomas won the second prize for designing a waterless and odourless toilet for the Indian Railways.


Vinod Thomas with another designer Rahul Garg, and team member Saurabh Hans. This invention will not only help making long train journeys easier for passengers, but also falls in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India Initiative. Vinod’s toilet does away with the unhygienic problem 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.

Vinod’s design introduces a system of waste management that prevents generation of foul smell by replacing the flush system with a conveyor system carrying waste in a tight sealed pocket to a large collection bin and is run manually by a crank wheel.

Vinod Thomas innovation was shared by Manipal University, which is based in Manipala, Karnataka, on their Facebook page:

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Posted by Manipal Academy of Higher Education on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vinod’s design was adjudged the second best in the results announced on June 14, 2016 he bagged Rs 75,000 as prize money and shared the second place with another designer, Rahul Garg and team member Saurabh Hans. The director of the Faculty of Architecture at Vinod’s college was all praises about him and said that he had made the college proud.

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