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Key Resource Center

Gramalaya, Key Resource Centre approved by Ministry of Jalshkti, Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India

Centre for Toilet Technology and Training 

Gramalaya has established a Toilet Technology cum Training Centre at its rural headquarters at Kolakudipatti village in Thottiam block in Tiruchi district. The Toilet technology center was established with the funding support from Water Partners International, USA as a part of its WATSAN project. The centre has in display various models of toilets which could be used in the Total Sanitation campaign in rural areas including eco-san models. The centre will if necessary provide training for representatives and field staff of Non Governmental Organizations and Government officials including block co- ordinators involved in the TSC programme.

The Centre also has models of both Water less toilets and toilets which require reduced intake of Water suitable to the coastal, tribal, rocky terrain, water-logging and models for urban areas. The centre has domestic toilet models ranging in price from Rs.150 to Rs.30,000 which are also environment friendly. All models in the centre are based on the fact that they were successfully introduced in rural areas in various places in the district. Gramalaya also introduced child friendly toilets in municipalities and corporation areas. These child friendly toilets are situated adjacent to the regular toilets constructed by the City Corporation and maintained under the pay and use concepts by Womens Self-Help Groups, All Child Friendly Toilets are fully used by the neighborhood children.

Anganwadis under the NBA programme. The centre has facilities to provide training and demonstration – for nominal fees – of models in the centre for the benefit of NGO representatives and government officials involved in the Water Supply, Health and Sanitation fields. The center has miniature models of School toilets which are suitable for primary and middle schools in rural areas. Similarly the technology center also has models of toilets which can be built in Anganwadis under the NBA programme. The models displayed in the Technology centre are only indicative and the center encourages in native, local specific models using local materials.


  • Accommodation facilities for 50 persons
  • Accommodation facilities for 50 persons
  • Pleasant Atmosphere.
  • LCD Projector and other training equipments
  • Internet facilities
  • Canteen - hygienic food (Vegetarian & non-vegetarian)
  • Hot water facility for bathing
  • Safety measures

Visitors’ comments

  • The training centre is a fantastic resource for others to learn from Gramalaya. – Ms. Therese Mahon, Water Aid, UK
  • The centre is very impressive it seems like it is very essential to the process you have to put all the pieces together. Very well-done. Mr. Tony stayner. Board member, California, USA.
  • A beautiful training centre with village background, demo centre of toilet models is clear to understand low cost technology. Impressing is seeing is learning. Best wishes – Initiatives for development foundation, Bangalore.
  • Good Hospitality, committed staff and excellent participation in the training programe. P.Madhavi, Access development, Hyderabed.
  • NIWAS is doing so many great things for rural communities. Ms.Abbigail Brown, State Oregon University, USA.
  • I am really impressed with the incredible idea of creating a sanitation park. I never saw this type of park in Karnataka. I appreciate the friendly environment – Grammen koota, Bangalore
  • It was pleasure to visit such type of centre and I appreciate this effort by the team to disseminate the knowledge of water and sanitation to others. – Be world Foundation, Bangalore.