Public toilets in the market areas of the city serve no purpose as they either remain closed or emit an unbearable stench the minute one steps into them. Neither the Panchkula municipal corporation (MC) nor the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has pooled in the required resources to make the toilets usable. The women’s toilet near the State Bank of India in Sector 8 remains closed.
The men’s toilet, which is filled with water and contains a broken pot, stinks so much that it is almost impossible for anyone to enter. The situation is no different in the men’s toilet in the Sector 9 market, where one of the two washbasins and the door of the toilet are broken. The toilet does not contain a flush system either. The toilets in the Sector 11 market present a dirty picture too. In the Sector 10 market, both the women’s toilet and the men’s toilets remain closed. Shopkeepers say the toilets have been closed for over three years now. The toilet in Sector 14, which was occupied by roadside dwellers, was later locked by the HUDA. The toilet is no longer in use.
Market association in Sector 7 shows the way
Toilets in the Sector 7 market, however, are miraculously clean. As authorities had failed to ensure their upkeep, the market association pooled in the money and repaired the toilets in the showroom market. Now, the toilet has tiles, two washbasins. The association even employs sweepers to clean the toilet regularly.
In the booth market as well, the association is undertaking similar activities. In the city, the HUDA is responsible for the construction of toilets while the MC has to ensure their maintenance. When asked about the poor upkeep of toilets, MC executive officer SK Chauhan said that he would look into the matter.