South Delhi gets first pink toi­let for women

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­cess to clean toi­lets is a big prob­lem for women. We will start invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple de­sirous of open­ing such fa­cil­i­ties in their area. This will go a long way in in­still­ing a sense of se­cu­rity among women in us­ing pub­lic toi­lets. KAMALJEET SEHRAWAT, SDMC mayor

To help women and girls ac­cess hy­gienic wash­rooms in busy mar­kets, the South Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion in­au­gu­rated the first ‘pink toi­let’ in Vikaspuri on Wed­nes­day.

The first-of-its-kind fa­cil­ity, which opened on the oc­ca­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Day for the Girl Child, has vend­ing ma­chines for san­i­tary nap­kins, in­cin­er­a­tor fa­cil­i­ties and feed­ing area for breast­feed­ing moth­ers.

SDMC mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said that the toi­let has been opened at a place that wit­nesses a sub­stan­tial foot­fall of wom­e­nand girls.

“The mar­ket ad­join­ing PVR Vikaspuri is a ma­jor shop­ping cen­tre where a large num­ber of women come ev­ery­day to buy items of day-to-day re­quire­ment. But they al­ways face prob­lems in ac­cess­ing hy­gienic toi­lets with fa­cil­i­ties for san­i­tary nap­kins and their safe dis­posal,” said Sehrawat .

“The pink toi­let was much needed at this place but it im­por­tant that the users should keep the fa­cil­ity clean for the next user,” she said.

The civic agency aims to open more such toi­lets in or­der to pro­vide a con­ve­nient safe place in mar­kets flooded with visi­tors and cus­tomers.

“We will start invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple de­sir­ing to open such fa­cil­i­ties in their area. This will go a long way in in­still­ing a sense of se­cu­rity among women and girls in us­ing pub­lic toi­lets,” Sehrawat said.

The SDMC was the first civic agency among the three mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions in city to make the ac­cess to toi­lets in ho­tels and restau­rants free for women and chil­dren in May.

It had di­rected all the petrol pumps to of­fer sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties. This move has made more than 4,000 toi­lets ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic.

The civic agen­cies re­solved this May that there will be enough pub­lic toi­lets to pre­vent peo­ple from defe­cat­ing in the open.

They an­nounced to achieve the tar­get by Oc­to­ber 2, the day Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi launched the clean­li­ness drive three years ago.

How­ever, they have not been able to meet tar­gets.

Be­sides, new toi­lets, main­te­nance of ex­ist­ing loos is a ma­jor prob­lem. Most of the loos are so poorly main­tained that peo­ple are not able to use them.

Sev­eral Delhi mar­kets lack pub­lic con­ve­niences, spe­cially for women. Hin­dus­tan Times had re­cently re­ported about the lack of toi­lets for women at Chandni Chowk, where a large num­ber of shop­pers are women.

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The pink toi­let has vend­ing ma­chines for san­i­tary nap­kins, in­cin­er­a­tor fa­cil­i­ties and feed­ing area for breast­feed­ing moth­ers.

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