A ‘modern’ public toilet was inaugurated at the Gurgaon bus stand near the local railway station on Tuesday. The toilet has been constructed with the aim to end the practice of open defecation, a major hygiene issue across the city.
The complex has seven toilet seats (four for men and three for women) and 15 urinals. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs 20 lakh by Jaguar Ltd as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Swachh Bharat Mission has been launched by the government to end open defecation across the country by 2019.
The toilet launch comes four months after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar slammed the civic agencies for lack of such facilities.
This is the second ‘modern’ public toilet to be launched in the city, after the first one at Kamla Nehru Park.
The 1,320-sq ft toilets have been painted with a special coating that prevents bacterial growth and odour. The design includes natural ventilation and solar panels, officials said.
The fittings used in the toilets are differently abled-friendly. The modular design allows for expansion of the complex when needed, the officials said.
“Open defecation affects the immune system of the residents and can cause cholera, diarrhoea and other medical complications. So, it is vital that this practice is stopped,” said D Suresh, Gurgaon divisional commissioner.
Gurgaon is one of the most developed urban areas in Haryana, but has just 32 public toilets for a population of nearly 10 lakh.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has identified 133 places for the construction of public toilets and 26 community toilets across the city this year.
Fifty-eight toilets will be constructed in public parks and the rest in other public areas. Community toilets will be developed in villages.
The MCG is also in the process of establishing bio toilets-- a type of dry toilet that treats human excreta and turns it into compost.
The toilets will be constructed at important locations in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation and private firms.