Waterless toilets raise 'scam' stink, probe demanded
The Opposition Congress in the south Delhi municipal corporation (SDMC) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the "waterless urinal fraud". HT reports.delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2012 00:42 IST
The Opposition Congress in the south Delhi municipal corporation (SDMC) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the "waterless urinal fraud".
The party alleged that over 1,000 urinals were built ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games but most of the toilets built are currently not functional as there is no mechanism in place to maintain them.
Claiming that a huge fraud has been committed in the name of such urinals, leader of the opposition in SDMC Farhad Suri said the MCD built 997 such toilets before the games at a cost of Rs. 125 crore. But the plan was flawed from its inception and the entire sum has been wasted due to the failure of the project.
"Money has been squandered in building toilets that are in a terrible condition. There must be an inquiry into it to find out those responsible behind the project," said Suri.
The toilets, which were built by the unified MCD, were handed over to private advertisement companies for maintenance in lieu of the space on which the companies could put up advertisements and earn revenue. The companies were also supposed to return MCD, the money it had spent on building the blocks.
However, according to political leaders, soon after the Commonwealth Games got over it was found that the companies were putting up advertisements but were not maintaining the toilets. The corporation then decided to terminate the contract, which prompted the companies to go to court where the case is still pending.
In the meantime, the toilets have decayed further with councillors saying that they have been receiving several complaints from locals about the state of such toilets.
The Congress has decided to take up the issue on Monday when the south corporation will hold its House meeting.
The BJP leadership of the three corporations has shifted the blamed on officials, saying they may hand over the toilets to residents' welfare associations for upkeep.