GUWAHATI, March 19; Once a common sight in Assam, the indigenous bamboo toilet made a comeback in the carbon-neutral district of Majuli on Saturday.
Three such toilets, along with seven concrete ones, were inaugurated at Jengaimukh village on the island on Saturday.
Considered to be natural insulators, these toilets were built in collaboration with a socio-cultural organization, an international NGO, and a tea company as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Bamboo expert Hemjit Mahanta designed and built the three eco-friendly toilets at a fraction of the cost needed to build government-sponsored loos.
“Bamboo is a natural insulator. To construct one toilet, eight bamboos and two bags of cement are enough. A bamboo toilet costs Rs 9,000 whereas government-built toilets cost around Rs 12,000,” Mahanta said.