‘Build com­mu­nity toi­lets be­fore tak­ing ac­tion’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI -

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.

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