The MCD has decided to scrap the fancy coffee shop-cum-toilet complexes that had come up at various places in the city after severe criticism from several Resident Welfare Societies (RWAs).
A total of eight such structures had come up in the city before the Commonwealth Games in Defence Colony, CR Park, East of Kailash, Model Town and South Extension among others. And none of them is functional yet.
According to sources, the MCD has decided to demolish these structures and also not to construct more such complexes in future. It has also decided to cancel the bidding process it had initiated. These tenders are yet to be opened and awarded to any firm.
In a high-level meeting, it was decided that these structures will soon be razed. A committee headed by the mayor was formed by the MCD to look into the desirability of these complexes, which has, in its report, recommended that the structures be demolished.
"We have received a lot of complaints from the locals and from the Lt Governor's office. We have decided to initiate the process of cancelling the bidding process for running these complexes and not award it to anyone. We will also demolish the structures soon," said a senior official, on condition of anonymity.
The decision has made the RWAs happy. "In the guise of public utility, the private developers were trying to grab prime properties. We had complained to MCD and the Lt. Governor about it and he had assured us that such structures will be demolished. We are glad this decision has been taken," said Rajiv Kakaria, member of Greater Kailash-I RWA.
The problem with the project had started mushrooming as many of these complexes had come up at sites earmarked for parking projects such as M and N-block market in GK I.
MCD had come up with this ambitious plan of constructing aesthetically pleasing toilet complexes. It was also decided that a private company which would be awarded the tender for the project will have to maintain these toilet complexes for a period of 30 years. The MCD did not spend anything on these structures, all of which have been funded and constructed by private players.