Most of the 200 waterless urinals constructed ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in south Delhi are either completely broken or in such a pathetic condition that they are beyond use.
Opposition leaders in the other civic bodies and local residents in areas under the east and north civic bodies also claimed that the situation was no better in these parts of the Capital.
The BJP-led municipal corporations had been running a 100-day sanitation drive but it was yet to reach these stinking public urinals.
People alleged that the sanitation staff rarely visited these toilets and people were forced to urinate in the open. “It stinks so bad that you cannot even enter the loo,” said a senior citizen who was urinating on a wall, 30 metres away from the waterless urinal at Lodhi Road.
Many urinals in south Delhi, which had been properly maintained, were found closed. Many community toilet complexes and urinal blocks were found closed.
A community toilet complex near Lady Shri Ram college was found to be closed during an inspection by opposition Congress leaders. “It is shocking that the public toilet has been closed for years. This is the reality of the cleanliness drive being conducted by the municipal corporation. Even a dhalao made next to the loo is closed and garbage was being collected on the main road,” said Farhad Suri, leader of the opposition, SDMC.
“A private agency was managing these toilets but they are now being handed over to us as people were not satisfied with their work. Our team is inspecting and taking pictures and videos to check the status of the toilets before the handover. There is lot of repair work required in these urinals. The waterless facility will be replaced by pots with water. We will also have to make arrangement for sewer and water. I have given our team one months’ time to repair these urinals,” said Manish Gupta, commissioner, SDMC and east Delhi civic body.