Free access to toilets: Hotels in north, east Delhi may also open loos for women, kids
After south Delhi, women and children in north and east Delhi too could have free access to toilets of any hotel/restaurants. The north and east Delhi municipal corporations are putting efforts to execute the decision in their jurisdiction soon.delhi Updated: May 10, 2017 09:52 IST
After south Delhi, women and children in north and east Delhi too could have free access to toilets of any hotel or restaurant. The north and east Delhi municipal corporations are planning to replicate the ideas in their areas soon.
North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) commissioner PK Gupta on Tuesday had called a meeting with the hotel/restaurant associations from Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk, Paharganj and other prominent markets to work out a road map.
“Apart from allowing free access to their hotels/guest houses/restaurants, we also requested the association members to adopt public toilets in and around their areas. They were asked to contribute in the maintenance of these places so that people can use them in large numbers. We are expecting to implement the decision by this weekend in north Delhi,” said Gupta.
He said while the hoteliers and guest owners agreed to adopt public toilets, they were concerned about security issues when it comes to free access for public inside their complexes to use toilets.
The hotel associations shared mixed views on the issue. They said unlike south Delhi, there are not many big hotels or restaurants in north Delhi, and guest houses in Paharganj and Chandni Chowk have washrooms attached to the rooms.
“I don’t think any restaurant owner would be happy to allow a queue inside the complex for using its toilet. Even visitors coming to the place won’t feel uncomfortable to dine here. Ideally, the civic agency should develop such facilities on their own,” said Arun Gupta, a member of Delhi Hotel Mahasangh, Paharganj.
But another restaurant owner, who wished not to be named, said that women in any case are allowed access to toilets. “But it is important to not make the decision compulsory. The owners should be given freedom to restrict entry in certain cases/circumstances,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials maintained that the civic agency will chalk out a plan taking all these points into consideration. “Also, we will fix certain radius/distance within which they would need to adopt all the public conveniences,” said a senior North Corporation official.
There are about 10,000 licensed hotels/restaurants/guest houses in north Delhi and if the decision is implemented, people would be widely benefitted.
“Once the concept is implemented in North, we will put all effort to start the facility in East Delhi too,” said Gupta, who has taken charge of East Corporation for the time being.
On May 1, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation issued directions to all hotels, restaurants and eateries under its jurisdiction to make their washrooms accessible to public. The decision received appreciation from people in south Delhi considering there are few toilets constructed for women and these are not maintained well.