1.2 Crore Citizens and only 303 Public Toilets

Public-ToiletsTo cater to more than 1.2 crore residents, Hyderabad’s civic bodies the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and the Secunderabad Cantonment Board have so far not formulated any public toilet policy. The GHMC is currently, busy replacing public toilets with bio-urinals for both men and women and Cantonment Board is not involved.

Now there are about 50 Sulabh complexes, 136 toilets functioning under build-operate-own-transfer model and 57 that are by the engineering department in the GHMC areas. Apart from this 60 public toilets in the Cantonment area. There are 303 toilets to serve a city of 650 square km. Approximately 20 per cent of the public toilets in the GHMC area are encroached, and another 30 per cent are defunct. In that nine public toilets were knocked off because of the road widening process. Many existing toilets are destroyed and broken. Some have been contract out to other agencies which maintain them well, but the rest of them are not functional.

“Bio-urinals, exclusively for women and children, will be set up in the Greater Hyderabad jurisdiction. Similar to the men’s toilets, these will be equipped with a self-cleaning mechanism. They too will be solar energy-powered, with traditional power back-ups in case of emergencies. The usage will be free of cost. Sites will be identified for their installation. Bus stations, railway junctions as well as the IT corridor will get these toilets.” Said authorities on topic of public toilets.

Medaram Jathara

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