PMC to build 26 pub­lic toi­lets in two months

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: The Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) has taken part in the Swachh Maharashtra Ab­hiyan to make the city open-defe­ca­tion free. In this con­text, it has ini­ti­ated the process to build pub­lic toi­lets in the re­gion.

Ten­ders have been called for the con­struc­tion of 26 pub­lic toi­lets which are ex­pected to be ready in around two months at a cost of Rs1.25 crore.

Along with the rise in res­i­den­tial pop­u­la­tion, Pan­vel is also wit­ness­ing a rise in the mov­ing work­ing pop­u­la­tion.

› We have de­cided that ev­ery slum colony will have a 10-seat pub­lic toi­let. Each toi­let is ex­pected to cost Rs4.83 lakh. A pe­riod of 45 days will be given to the con­trac­tor once the ten­der is al­lot­ted.

RAJU SONI, pub­lic works com­mit­tee chair­man

Daily wage work­ers do not get houses to stay as they can­not af­ford the rent. They make their shanties wher­ever they get space.

Laxmi colony, Nav­nath Na­gar, Valmiki Na­gar, Mald­hakka and Lokhandi­pada area of Pan­vel have large slum colonies. While the PMC has pro­vided wa­ter in th­ese ar­eas, there are is­sues of sewage and in­ad­e­quate pub­lic toi­lets. While some slums do have pub­lic toi­lets, they are in­ad­e­quate for the large pop­u­la­tion that re­sides there.

Pub­lic works com­mit­tee chair­man Raju Soni said, “We have taken up the con­struc­tion of pub­lic toi­lets to re­solve the prob­lem of open-defe­ca­tion which is cer­tainly not right in this age in a city like Pan­vel.”

“We have de­cided that ev­ery slum colony will have a 10-seat pub­lic toi­let. Each toi­let is ex­pected to cost Rs4.83 lakh. A pe­riod of 45 days will be given to the con­trac­tor once the ten­der is al­lot­ted,” said Soni.

“The ten­ders will be called be­tween Jan­uary 18 and 27. On Fe­bru­ary 1, we will open the ten­ders and fi­nalise the con­trac­tor,” said Soni.

He said, “At present, there are 10 pub­lic toi­lets that have been given to var­i­ous so­cial in­sti­tu­tions to op­er­ate. We will now have 26 more such pub­lic toi­lets soon, the process for which, has be­gun.”

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