Mumbai will get more pay-and-use toilets with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) approving the long-pending proposal to construct 200 of them across the city. This step comes after the Right to Pee activists’ demand for more community toilets in the city.
After decentralising the process to construct and redevelop toilets in the city, thus giving direct powers to ward officers, the civic body believes they will soon be able to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the BMC has also given individual targets to ward officers for the construction of toilets. The BMC aims to construct 56,000 individual toilets across the city by 2019. “We have given powers now to ward officers to construct new toilets in the wards to speed up the process. Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, targets have been given to all ward officers and the deputy municipal commissioner in-charge to construct community toilets,” said Pallavi Darade, additional municipal commissioner.
In order to decide the location of these toilets, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta last month had asked 24 ward officers to list the demands of new public toilets and existing ones in need of better infrastructure. The survey conducted by ward officers identified 96 sites for the new toilets.