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More loos for women in North Delhi

Hamari Jamatia, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 29, 2013
First Published: 23:29 IST(29/1/2013) | Last Updated: 23:31 IST(29/1/2013)

To meet the long-standing demand for more ladies toilets in the city, the north corporation has decided to build hi-tech complexes for women at market places across north Delhi.

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In the first phase, six commercial areas, one in each of the six zones, will get complexes that will be designed like the ones run by the New Delhi Municipal Council.

In the later phase, the corporation plans to have such toilets in all the 104 wards.

 On Tuesday, the municipal body held a meeting to finalise one of the two designs presented by the architecture department. The proposal will be incorporated in the budgetary proposals for the next financial year, to be cleared next month.

“Once we finalise the design, we will decide which areas to build them on and what will be the budget. We need such toilets in our areas because women don't have facilities in the markets,” said leader of the house in north corporation, Mahendra Nagpal.

He added that they have asked councillors to send in their suggestions after discussing it with the market associations.

Officials of the architecture department said the toilets will have entry from the back in order to make it invisible from the road side. "Once the design and finance is finalised, the buildings will be build in just a few months. We are trying to incorporate good quality washbasins and have two to three cubicles per toilet block depending on the size of the plot," said an official.

Hi-tech toilets have remained a controversial issue in the municipal body as all the earlier attempts have resulted in failure.

The unified MCD in the past had decided to open modern toilets on PPP model ahead of the commonwealth games but the toilets have still not been opened for the public.

The corporation has built hundreds of waterless toilets in the city which are in dilapidated conditions.


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