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Gurgaon firm to upkeep public toilets in SAS Nagar

In a big relief to the residents of SAS Nagar, its municipal corporation (MC) has given the contract of 35 public toilets for operation and maintenance to a Gurgaon-based company at the rate of `48,000 per month for one year. Earlier, in January this year, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) scrapped the contract with social service organisation Sulabh International and handed over the task to MC that further awarded the contract.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 24, 2014 13:06 IST

In a big relief to the residents of SAS Nagar, its municipal corporation (MC) has given the contract of 35 public toilets for operation and maintenance to a Gurgaon-based company at the rate of `48,000 per month for one year.


Earlier, in January this year, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) scrapped the contract with social service organisation Sulabh International and handed over the task to MC that further awarded the contract.

Sulabh International was awarded the contract in March 2013 for 10-year period on "a pay-and-use basis", but residents were not happy with its maintenance and lodged several complaints with GMADA, forcing them to scrap the contract.

The residents complained about foul smell, poor ventilation and water management, damaged urinals, sinks, wet floors and bad lighting.
Besides, such toilets lack facilities for those with disabilities and elderly.

However, MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, "The contract has been awarded to the lowest bidder as we received bid up to `70,000 also. The toilets will remain open from 6am to 10pm. The company will be paid the money after market welfare associations certify its maintenance."

Satvir Singh Dhanoa, president of Citizen and Development Forum, SAS Nagar, said, "The toilets are really in bad shape and people do not even want to pass near them. It is good that the contract has been awarded, but we have to see whether the company really lives up to the residents' expectations. We urge the MC to keep a close check of its maintenance and operations."

Interestingly, commissioner of MC Chandigarh, Vivek Pratap Singh gave its dissent during finance and contract committee meeting in December 2013 over the allotment of the toilets to Selvel Media Limited, stating that the rate of `14,000 was on the higher side for maintenance and operation of 80 public toilets of Chandigarh. The company moved the court following which the MC house, in its meeting on February 19, finally decided to allot the same to the company.