Bhopal: Deadline over, but where are municipal body’s ‘she lounges’?

  • Purvi Jain, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 01, 2016 18:10 IST
The proposed design for she lounges in Bhopal. (HT photo)

The much-hyped ‘she lounges’ that were set to come up at eight locations in the capital city to provide women clean, convenient waiting room facility by December last year are yet to see the light of day.

Proposed in July 2015, the dedicated restrooms for women were conceptualised on the lines of ‘VIP Lounge’ and were set to be air-conditioned zones manned by female staff, equipped with napkin disposer, Wi-Fi , FM radio, ATM and novelty shop. They were proposed to come up at New Market, Bittan Market, Polytechnic Square, 10 Number stop, MP Nagar zone 1 and zone 2.

However, sources in the municipal corporation told HT that the civic body was yet to identify the exact spots where the exclusive lounges were come up. Sources also said though the corporation had organised a foundation ceremony of one of the lounges at MP Nagar last year, not a brick was laid thereafter.

The delay comes as a major disappointment to women in the city, especially as former municipal commissioner Tejaswi Naik had himself claimed that the ‘she lounges’ were integral for the women as they avoided public urinals for various reasons including instinctive embarrassment, cleanliness issues and anti-social setting.

However, corporation officials have claimed that there was no delay.

“Just like all the other development structures related to smart city, the work for these lounges is also in progress. I am confident that we will be able to inaugurate them soon,” said commissioner Chavvi Bharadwaj.

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