The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has found a unique way of beautifying their public urinals. If you happen to visit the public urinal at Shahjahan Road, you will find an aquarium right in the middle.
According to the civic body, the aquarium has been installed to make the urinal look aesthetically appealing.
The civic body is now going to construct more toilet blocks in the city before the Games and is contemplating installing aquariums in some of them.
It has started work on 25 new toilets in New Delhi area for the public, in time for the Games.
“For providing better service, the toilets that are coming up at strategic locations are expected to have diaper-changing boards and shelves among other facilities,” said a senior New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official.
“We have already started the work of constructing the new toilets and upgrading the existing ones,” he added.
“We want to make them more appealing visually to the public and have, therefore, installed an aquarium in one toilet at Shahjahan Road at present,” said the official.
Work on upgrading 42 other toilets in the North of Rajpath has also started ahead of the Games.
In these toilets, there will be minor structural changes to ensure easy maintenance.
“New glasses, toilet pots and washbasins are being added and once the toilets are ready, the health department of the NDMC will keep a regular check on its cleanliness. No charges will be taken from the public,” added the official.
These toilet blocks are being constructed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis and the civic agency will earn Rs 22 lakh per month out of these urinals and eight garbage stations.
The private firm that is constructing the urinals and will maintain them will be allowed to advertise on the panels of the structure by the NDMC.