‘Build community toilets before taking action’
Standing committee members cutting across party lines raised the issue of lack of adequate community toilets in Navi Mumbai, in the wake of special drive undertaken by NMMC against open defecation in the city.
With the objective of zero open defecation, NMMC has formed special squads that had been taking action against those defecating in the open.
Raising the issue in the meeting on Thursday, Digha corporator Jagdish Gavte said, “The shanties just 10x10 ft and so there is no possibility of construction of private toilets even if the grant is available.”
He added, “There is a need for community toilets in places like Ishwar Nagar. The people there have to cross the railway tracks to answer nature’s call.”
He said that the people are picked up from the spot and taken to Turbhe and then to Kalyan as they have no money to pay for the fine.
Corporator Shubhangi Patil, “The APMC market area is buzzing all day with thousands of people, but there is no public toilet. I have complained for years against people defecating in the open but no action has been taken where is it required on an urgent basis.”
Additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan said, “We have got administrative approval for construction of two community toilets in Ishwar Nagar. Similar plans are in place in various tender process stages for other places as well.”
He said areas like APMC will get public toilets. Borewell water will also be provided where there is no water supply.