Herald: IIID Goa chapter to design 500 eco-friendly toilets in State

IIID Goa chapter to design 500 eco-friendly toilets in State

30 Nov 2016 07:26am IST
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30 Nov 2016 07:26am IST

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PANJIM: A group of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) led by its chairman Pratap Naik met with Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday and committed before her the designing of at least 500 toilets for Goa which will be installed in rural areas before March 2017. Architect Pallavi Ghate Satardekar will be leading this project which is estimated to cost Rs 45,000 per toilet. 

The core team members of IIID Goa Chapter have taken up an interesting project of designing of public toilets for Balwadis and gram panchayat areas across Goa. This was initiated in association with Mineral Foundation of Goa, where the work on the prototype of two such toilets has already begun. In the months to follow 500 such eco-friendly toilets will be constructed in a phased manner.

Dedicated to spark creativity and design throughout the country, the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) has launched a national initiative of ‘Taking Design to Masses’. Accordingly, India’s first Design Yatra, which was flagged in February 2016, will commence its Goa leg this month. The Goa chapter of IIID lead by chairman Pratap Naik, convenor, Architech Rita Mody Joshi and her team have planned at least ten events in an effort to touch the lives of the people of Goa, through design. 

The Goa leg of the IIID Design Yatra was officially flagged off by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. The journey spanning 15,000 km in four aesthetically designed Nano cars commenced in February earlier this year and arrived into Goa on 26th of this month. Starting off from Indore and covering major cities in West and North India including Mumbai, Thane and Ahmedabad to name a few, IIID has now set its sights on Goa. IIID national president Pratap Jadhav is the guiding force behind this Pan India initiative. 

In an effort to raise awareness among citizens on, IIID will be interacting with people through a host of activities planned over 2 weeks. These include a photography workshop by well-known photographer and founder of CMYK Academy Prasad Pankar, panel discussions by experts, a bamboo workshop at the Goa College of Architecture (GCA), design interventions at public spaces, presentations on design and architecture and more. 

In a press conference, chairman of IIID Goa Pratap Naik said, “Socially relevant projects such as civic improvements in rural areas, exploration and exposition of craft traditions, improvement of prominent heritage settlement or historic places, design improvement in public spaces are some of the tasks we at IIID Goa Regional Centre have set for ourselves in order to reach the masses”. 

Corporate entities Vitra, Torfenster, Daikin and Johnson have come forward to supporting this event and initiative. Designers, architects, students, professionals and the local community are welcome to participate in the activities scheduled by IIID.

The IIID Design Yatra, which will cover 29 chapters and centres of IIID across the country, will interact with public bodies, semi-urban and rural settlements and plan further actions to lend their services to benefit the masses.

IIID Design Yatra Committee- Goa Regional Centre includes Pratap Naik, Chairman; Rita Mody Joshi, Convener; Jaivant Desai, Vice Chairman; Pravin Pai Lotlikar Hon. Secretary; Mangirish Kakodkar, Treasurer; Amit Zarapkar IMM past chairman; Snehalata Pednekar Chairman Elect; Pallavi Satardekar, Pallavi Chitnis, Krishna Phaldesai, Anagha Fernandes, Sumedh Naik and Sidney Fernandes.

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