If all goes as per the plan, the city may soon get toilets with changing rooms, resting space and drinking water facilities in ground plus one structures.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), along with the Right to Pee (RTP) activists, plans to build such blocks, which were among the proposals made in the development plan (DP) 2034. While a prototype will be built first, provisions to create these blocks in 11 wards will be included in the BMC budget 2016-17.
The team, consisting of BMC and RTP officials, has started scouting for a spot to build the prototype facility. The team is looking at 11 wards which cover areas such as Kalbadevi, Dadar, Parel, Kurla,Chembur, Ghatkopar, Bhandup, Mulund, Bandra, Andheri and Goregaon.
According to data, there are 3,164 toilets with 433 urinals for women and 6,734 toilet blocks, with 3,246 urinals for men in the city. During the meeting on implementation of DP held in the first week of September, the BMC decided to prioritize the city’s solid waste management (SWM) needs.
The DP department is also coordinating with various NGOs to build prototypes of public facilities such as old-age homes and care centres. A senior civic official said, “We are also looking at re-modelling the financial structure of these facilities, where they can be self-sustainable instead of the BMC maintaining them.”
Supriya Sonar, RTP convener, said, “We are working on a model which will have facilities for men, women, transgenders and the disabled. We have submitted a few designs to the BMC and are looking at building a sustainable model.”
At the National Convention held in Mumbai on September 1, the RTP joined hands with Mitwa, a Chhattisgarh-based organization to build toilets for transgenders.
The state of public toilets in the city has been pathetic. The RTP also returned an award it received to the mayor early this year, to express its displeasure over the state of public toilets for women in the city.