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Toilets in cargo containers

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority has set up nine such pay-and-use facilities across the township

Our Bureau Salt Lake Published 05.03.21, 03:53 AM

Abandoned cargo containers from shipyards have been converted into pay-and-use toilets in New Town. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has set up nine containerised toilets across the township. The recycled containers, each about 8ft high, 8ft wide, and 20ft long, have a bright and cheerful look with bold signage. The toilets were inaugurated on February 22.

There are solar panels on top of each toilet. The lights inside are sensor-based. The sensors allow the lights in the toilet to get dimmed when the toilet is not in use, thereby saving energy.


The charges for the pay-and-use facilities are Rs 2 and Rs 5 for urinal and toilet respectively. They remain open from 9am to 10pm every day.

Pay and Use

The locations in New Town where the containerised toilets have been set up:

1. At New Town Smart Plaza

2. Inside NKDA Bus Terminus near Pride Hotel

3. Inside Tank No.1

4. Opposite Sonar Kella Park

5. Opposite Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute

6. Behind Central Mall

7. In front of Candor Tech Space

8. Near NBCC Complex

9. Near Restello, AI Block

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