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Here come ‘smart’ washrooms with cafe attached, too

KV Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on May 23, 2018 Published on May 22, 2018

IXORA FM Founder and CEO Abhishek Nath at the Loo Cafe which was inaugurated near Shiplaramam   -  KVS Giri

Finding a decent public washroom is one of the biggest challenges in Indian cities. A Hyderabad-based facilities management company has developed a luxury loo, which comes with a small cafetaria too, in just ₹12 lakh.

While it is free for use for the people, the cafe makes money by selling snacks, coffee and tea all with a price tag of less than ₹30.

A Wi-Fi zone and centrally air-cooled space, the ‘smart’ Loocafe uses IoT (Internet of Things) solutions to help achieve energy and resource efficiencies. A dedicated radio channel provides music, while the cafe serves standardised food round-the-clock.

The geo-tagged cafes could easily be located using an app LooCafé Locator. The first of the 100 pre-fabricated Loocafes has been launched at Madhapur.

“We are planning to set up 100 washroom-cafes in the next six months,” Abhishek Nath, founder and CEO of IXORA FM, a facilities management company, told BusinessLine.

“After Hyderabad, we are planning to set up Loocafes in Mumbai, Indore, Pune, Chennai and Mohali,” he said.

Built in a cozy 170 sq ft space, the space houses restrooms for men, women and to the physically challenged. “It will also have a sanitary napkin dispenser and bins, an ATM and a cafe,” he said. “We don’t use any concrete material in the entire space. Loo cafes are provided good ventilation and appropriate infrastructure and maintenance. It has solar panel facility and an overhead tank with a capacity of 1,000 litres.”

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will help the firm find the right locations to set up the Loocafes in the city limits.

Published on May 22, 2018
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