Com­ing soon: Toi­lets with chang­ing rooms

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man

MUM­BAI: If all goes as per the plan, the city may soon get toi­lets with chang­ing rooms, rest­ing space and drink­ing water fa­cil­i­ties in ground plus one struc­tures.

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC), along with the Right to Pee (RTP) ac­tivists, plans to build such blocks, which were among the pro­pos­als made in the de­vel­op­ment plan (DP) 2034.

While a pro­to­type will be built first, pro­vi­sions to cre­ate these blocks in 11 wards will be in­cluded in the BMC bud­get 2016-17.

The team, con­sist­ing of BMC and RTP of­fi­cials, has started scout­ing for a spot to build the pro­to­type fa­cil­ity.

The team is look­ing at 11 wards which cover ar­eas such as Kal­badevi, Dadar, Parel, Kurla,chem­bur, Ghatkopar, Bhandup, Mu­lund, Ban­dra, And­heri and Gore­gaon.

Ac­cord­ing to data, there are 3,164 toi­lets with 433 uri­nals for women and 6,734 toi­let blocks, with 3,246 uri­nals for men in the city.

Dur­ing the meet­ing on im­ple­men­ta­tion of DP held in the first week of Septem­ber, the BMC de­cided to pri­or­i­tize the city’s solid waste man­age­ment (SWM) needs.

The DP depart­ment is also co­or­di­nat­ing with var­i­ous NGOS to build pro­to­types of pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties such as old-age homes and care cen­tres. A se­nior civic of­fi­cial said, “We are also look­ing at re-mod­el­ling the fi­nan­cial struc­ture of these fa­cil­i­ties, where they can be self-sus­tain­able in­stead of the BMC main­tain­ing them.”

Supriya Sonar, RTP con­vener, said, “We are work­ing on a model which will have fa­cil­i­ties for men, women, trans­gen­ders and the dis­abled. We have sub­mit­ted a few de­signs to the BMC and are look­ing at build­ing a sus­tain­able model.”

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