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No bidder for 18 toilet blocks, lie abandoned 3 months

It was in November 2013, when Chandigarh municipal corporation constructed 18 toilet blocks with the same technology by which a 10-storey building was constructed within 48 hours in SAS Nagar in 2012

chandigarh Updated: Feb 22, 2014 11:53 IST
Hillary Victor

It was in November 2013, when Chandigarh municipal corporation constructed 18 toilet blocks with the same technology by which a 10-storey building was constructed within 48 hours in SAS Nagar in 2012, but till date, due to lack of bidder, the civic body has not started operating these blocks and as a result, all the toilet blocks remain locked.

The MC, for the first time, took up the project spending around `1.1 crore so that operation could be started soon. A company namely Synergy Thrislington constructed the toilets, mostly on the green belts within a month.
Superintending engineer, public health department, RC Diwan admitted that the toilets were not operational as no bidder came forward. "We will float the tender again and try out luck," he said.

On the other hand, Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra said, "It is three months now, the toilets are not being put to use even after spending `1.1crore. It would have been better, had they gone for concrete toilets. It is sheer wastage of public money."
MC got 18 toilet blocks built in 15 greenbelts in Sectors 15, 18, 19, 22, 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 11, 56, 29, 41, 48 and 47.

Former mayor Subhash Chawla, while approving the project, said, "Residents welfare associations will be roped in for its maintenance, but till date no efforts have been made to do so.

The toilets are made of modular steel structures using walls made up of expanded polystyrene system. The material, used in these toilets, is insulated which ensures better thermal conductivity and is eco-friendly too. The technology is earthquake resistant up to zone five."