"Take a left turn from the garbage dump and go straight." For Delhiites, garbage dumps also double up as landmarks. With a stench that cannot go unnoticed, it's hard to miss them.
However, in an effort to give public toilets and yes, even garbage dumps, a facelift, ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is experimenting and coming out with restrooms with the wackiest concepts ever.
Trying to change the image of public urinals in the city, the MCD is making fancy coffee houses-cum-toilet complexes in major market areas ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
These complexes, which will adhere to the green concept,
will consist of coffee shops, flower-shops, fast-food joints, and offices.
For the purpose, the civic agency has allotted eight spots to various builders and asked them to construct the most imaginative concept house-cum-toilet facilities they can.
"A panel of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) engineers would examine these concepts and the tender would be allotted to the approved design, with the builder getting the contract to build around 200 toilets," said a senior MCD official requesting anonymity.
The builders are going all out to hit the jackpot, in the form of the mega contract.
"The dhalao at Chittaranjan Park, which has been converted into one such structure, will have a Bengali concept as it is a Bengali neighbourhood. There would be murals depicting Bengali culture work and tant work from the region," added the official.
"We are keeping the need of everybody in mind, including nursing mothers. There will be a baby-feeding station in our facility for mothers to feed their young ones," said Sumit Gupta, director of the company responsible for the GK-I concept.