Pan­vel to be open defe­ca­tion free by April, 12K toi­lets to be built

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUM­BAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil ( PMC) has un­der Swachch Ma­ha­rash­tra Ab­hiyan, geared up to make the city open defe­ca­tion free.

It has also ini­ti­ated steps to make Pan­vel a garbage-free city.

By March, 12,000 pri­vate and pub­lic toi­lets will be built in the city. New toi­let build­ings will be con­structed at var­i­ous places. There will be 28 such one-seat struc­tures.

The PMC has made a pro­vi­sion in its an­nual bud­get for a defe­ca­tion free city.

Un­der the Swachch Ma­ha­rash­tra Ab­hiyan, the civic body has sur­veyed houses which do not have toi­lets. It has ini­ti­ated work on build­ing toi­lets in the houses of those who defe­cate in the open.

PMC pres­i­dent Charusheela Gharat said, “Un­der the drive, 1,059 fam­i­lies have ap­plied to PMC for con­struc­tion of toi­lets in their houses. Of these, 1,036 have al­ready been given the gov- ern­ment grant for con­struc­tion of the toi­let.”

She added, “The PMC has also col­lected de­tails of those peo­ple, who do not have space to build a toi­let. It will con­struct pub­lic toi­lets for them at 29 places and it has al­ready called for ten­ders.”

Res­i­dents have wel­comed the de­ci­sion.

Ganesh Patil, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said: “Even as the city is trans­form­ing it­self into a mod­ern hub, the sight of peo­ple defe­cat­ing in the open is an eyesore.”

He added, “Con­struc­tion of these toi­lets will help erad­i­cate the men­ace and also give a sense of dig­nity to all res­i­dents who are forced to defe­cate in the open.”

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