To safeguard their expensive waterless urinals, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has now decided to construct these urinals sans the toilet bowl.
According to the civic agency, the toilet bowl will only be fitted once they hire a private company to maintain it.
"The heart of the system is the special chemical cartridge, which is fitted in the ceramic bowl and is very expensive. If that is stolen it will be a costly affair to replace it," said a senior MCD official.
The civic agency is supposed to construct 1,000 such urinals ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The cost of one waterless urinal is Rs. 4.5 lakh.
"The company will be responsible for the security of these urinals in case they are stolen or vandalised," added the official.
The MCD councillors are also planning to take up the issue of theft in the next meeting of the MCD House.
"More than 40 fancy lights costing Rs. 5 lakh were set up in my araea and barely a few days later, the fittings of 18 streetlights were stolen," said Rekha Gupta, a councillor from Pitampura.
"We will be installing street furniture in our area too and their security is a big cause of concern now."