Only pub­lic toi­let on Palm Beach Road has no water sup­ply

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

The only pub­lic toi­let along Palm Beach Road in Turbhe has no water sup­ply for the past few months.

This has in­con­ve­nienced the lo­cal traders and other peo­ple of the area.

Con­structed by the Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) around five years ago, the toi­let (op­po­site St Lawrence High School) was also used by the mo­torists trav­el­ling on the road and traf­fic per­son­nel mon­i­tor­ing ve­hi­cles in the junc­tion.

“It was big re­lief for the traders from Vashi, Sec­tor 17, Turbhe and peo­ple head­ing to APMC mar­ket as there is no other pub­lic toi­let any­where in this area. All th­ese peo­ple are now suf­fer­ing for the past five months, as the toi­let can­not be used as there is no water,” said Dev Sinha, 34, who has a shop in the area.

A traf­fic of­fi­cer, on con­di­tion of anonymity, said, “This is one of the ar­eas on Palm Beach Road where max­i­mum num­ber of traf­fic of­fi­cials are de­ployed ev­ery day. We, the traf­fic of­fi­cials can­not re­lieve our­selves at ran­dom places in uni­form. Also, we can­not go far away The pub­lic toi­let on Palm Beach Road is used by mo­torists and traf­fic per­son­nel.

leav­ing the junc­tion when on duty. Tak­ing the im­por­tance of the toi­let, the civic body should restart the water sup­ply as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Lo­cal traders said that since the toi­let has not been cleaned for five months, it has started stink­ing. Cross­ing the area has be­come an or­deal.

De­spite re­peated at­tempts Manoj Patil, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer (sewage treat­ment and pub­lic toi­let) of NMMC was un­avail­able for com­ments.

“Water sup­ply to the toi­let was cut off ow­ing to some sort of man­age­ment is­sues when the city was reel­ing un­der se­vere water cri­sis. The sce­nario has im­proved now and we will restart it soon,” a ju­nior NMMC of­fi­cial said.

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