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banka bio Family values and culture did not let Namita Banka to work with any other company. That did not stop her to get in to any profession. She started off her career with jewellery design and manufacturing. She moved with her husband to different parts of the country doing successful business in jewellery everywhere. Ev­e­ntually, she had come to the City with the transfer of her husband and created Banka enterprises, which manufactures bio-toilets.

Talking about the idea, she says, “I always wanted to do something for the environment. After shifting here, I don’t want to continue the jewellery business but want to get in to the business that can create difference to the public life. To pursue the dream, I joined a course in NGO management in 2009 in Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM). After completion, I started my own company which initially worked as a service agent for Vibhu Composite works and Aikon Technologies, orginal equipment manufactures (OEMs) of controlled discharge toilets.”

The initially challenge for the company is to make sure the toilets sold to Indian railways by the OEMs were functioning properly. “We knew very well there were no issues with manufacturing of the toilets but it is the faulty usage which created problems. We worked the round the clock with our team to make 90 per cent of the toilets fully functional with our training.

“This helped us to gain expertise in the area and later got the technologies from DRDO to build bio-toilets. This is a great solution for people who could not construct toilets for various reasons. These bio-toilets can be placed tanywhere; fitting does take more than a day, does not need huge space. More important of all, it can be used in the areas where there is no connection to the sewage systems. The outlet water that comes from the bio tank can be used for gardening purposes,” she says.

This technology helped the company to turn as manufacturer and make it stand among major companies to whom it provided services. Talking about the challenges, she says, it is very difficult to compete with big companies and win orders. The bureaucracy also doesn’t support small companies.”

The company aims to cater these toilets at public places, rural areas, and construction are­as, hilly areas and the areas where there is no sewage connection. It also started offering services in Nairobi by providing 27 bio-toilets.

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PTI | 08:06 PM,Jun 24,2012

"Only we can give them the bacteria which is stored "Only we can give them the bacteria which is stored and cultivated in our bacteria bank in Gwalior. We will ensure that the toilets are sold in the free market and fair competition is there between these companies," Dr V K Saraswat, scientific adviser to the Defence Minister, said. Since the toilets have tremendous scope in rural areas and low-cost housing societies, it has also been decided to include the technology during the implementation of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural People) project.

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Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday announced to undertake installation of bio-toilets in at least 1,000 gram panchayats in the country with an investment of `400 crores.

Mr Ramesh, while attending the bio-toilet inaugural function organised by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) at Dhamra in Bhadrak district, said the newly-developed toilets would prove immensely beneficial for the civilians, mainly in rural areas, besides developing missiles.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday launched its much-hyped Bio-digester, christened as bio-toilets from Dhamara near the Wheeler Island test facility from where it used to test launch long-range missiles like Agni and AAD interceptors.

Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation and Chemicals and Fertilizers Srikanta Jena and Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation Jairam Ramesh jointly inaugurated the pilot project developed by the DRDO.

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