Mumbai: The costliest public toilet will soon be made functional at Marine Drive in Mumbai. The five-seat toilet, which works on vacuum technology, is located opposite to Air India office along the Marine Drive. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs 94 lakh and is set to open on October 1, a day ahead of Gandhi Jayanti.

Two out of the five seats in the toilet are allotted for women. Since the toilet uses vacuum technology, there would be a lesser requirement of water. A civil official told DNA, “This is the first vacuum toilet in the city and it will have solar panels on its roof.” The entire structure will run on the power harnessed by the solar panels. The toilet which was constructed under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme, will be maintained by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The toilet would be very useful to the public as there are no toilets constructed till date in the region from Princess Street to the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).

According to a report by DNA, Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of A Ward, stated that permission is required from the committee formed by the Bombay High Court for any constructions along the Marine Drive. Moreover, the public toilet that is built along the drive has been granted the permission to function. The committee comprises of members from the police department, civic body and the heritage. The normal cost of a single toilet seat for public use ranges from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. However, the ones constructed at the Marine Drive costs around Rs 19 lakh each, added the official.