The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to buy more than 25 water tankers. The reason: Irregular water supply has made maintenance of around 1,100-odd public toilet blocks in its jurisdiction really difficult.
Leader of the House in the north body, Mahender Nagpal, said, “The toilets are in a pathetic state. Lack of water supply coupled with broken urinals and pots as well as littering by area residents have rendered the toilets unusable. The stench from these toilets has become unbearable. They have turned into a problem rather than a civic amenity.”
He said that the corporation had passed a proposal to acquire water tankers for toilet blocks in Rohini, Civil Lines, Karol Bagh, Sadar-Paharganj and Narela zones.
“Every zone will have at least five water tankers each to clean the public toilets. We will get jetting machines.
These toilets blocks have water motors, which break down quite often. Moreover, many of the motors have been stolen,” Nagpal said, adding that better monitoring of the sanitation equipment is required to keep the Capital clean and that the 23,000 safai karamcharis on the civic body’s payroll need to do their job well.
In 2013-14, the north corporation had earmarked R597 crore in its budget for sanitation, which is up by nearly R100 crore from last year’s budgetary provision. Sanitation in the budget covers solid waste management and maintenance of drains.
North Delhi has 207 toilets for ladies and 2,652 toilets for men.