Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-06-16 19:20 Manipal: Manipal University’s Vinod Anthony Thomas has bagged the second place in a competition organised by Lucknow based Research Designs and Standards Organization for designing waterless and odourless toilets for use in trains. Ten entries were shortlisted and the designers had to present their projects to the jury on May 31, 2016. Vinod’s design bagged the second place which carried a prize money of Rs75,000. But he had to share the second place with two others, Rahul Garg and team member Saurabh Hans. Vinod Anthony Thomas Vinod, a tenth semester student at the Faculty of Architecture (FOA), designed a toilet which provides an effective solution to the existing system of disposal of human waste on the tracks which, according to Vinod, is “unhygienic, unethical and damaging to the environment”. Toilets currently in use are not subjected to effective flushing resulting in the accumulation of dirt and therefore the foul smell, said Vinod. His design introduces a system of waste management, which replaces the system of flushing toilets with water by a conveyor system carrying waste in a hermetically sealed pocket to a large collection bin to store waste and is run manually by a crank wheel. The bin has been designed in a way to reduce the amount of waste by way of decomposition and forced ventilation (evaporation of water). Prof Nishant H Manapure, Director, Faculty of Architecture, said Vinod had brought laurels to Manipal University by bagging the second prize at the important competition. “It’s first of its kind for FOA and I am hopeful the students will showcase their talent in future also,” said Manapure. The competition was organised by the railways keeping in mind Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat initiative.