Pune: PCMC to construct 66 toilets along busy highways, busy roads

Pune, Oct. 6, 2013: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has identified 66 locations in the municipal limits to construct pay and use public toilets for men and women. The civic body will be helped by NGOs in their construction.

Vasant Kachi, executive engineer, drainage department, PCMC, said, "The drainage, health and town planning departments conducted a joint survey of all areas in the municipal limits to identify locations where there is a need to construct public toilets. We chose locations that are near busy chowks, roads, railway stations and industrial areas and are always crowded."

Kachi said Rotary clubs in the city will be constructing the toilets at four of the 66 locations along the Pune-Mumbai highway. "They have been allotted land at these locations on a 30-year lease," he said.

The civic body has proposed to construct the remaining public toilets at Babasaheb Ambedkar chowk and KSB chowk in Pimpri, Tilak chowk in Nigdi and also near Bajaj company at Nigdi. It would also construct toilets near Bombay selection at Chinchwad station, Phugewadi octroi post, Empire Estate, Chinchwad, Khandoba Mal chowk in Akurdi, Kalewadi phata chowk and Dange chowk on Aundh-Ravet Road and two locations near nullahs along the Pimpri Link Road.

Kachi said public toilets will also be built in the interior areas of Morwadi, Thergaon, Sangvi, Moshi, Charholi Gaothan, Chikhli, Talawade IT Park, Pimple Gurav bus stop and Kalewadi among others.

"These public toilets are to be built along roads or on footpaths or nullahs, if there is no land available. The toilets will be cement and concrete structures and will be constructed in such a way that they do not obstruct vehicular traffic on the roads," Kachi said.

He further said the public toilets will be of four sizes depending on the area available. They will have separate divisions for men and women. Also, there will be a ramp to help people with disabilities along with a room for the caretaker on the toilet's first floor.

The civic body will soon invite applications from NGOs to construct public toilets on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The PCMC will provide land on long lease to the NGOs at nominal cost. Therefore, the NGOs will have to construct and maintain the toilet on pay and use basis, said Kachi.

Manav Kamble, president, Nagari Hakka Suraksha Samiti, said, "There are no public toilets along the busy stretch of the Pune-Mumbai highway. The situation is worse in interior areas." (Source: Siddharth Gaikwad, TNN)

06-10-2013 | Posted by Admin