The absence of public toilets in the city is a major problem being faced by tourists here.The present toilets are in a deplorable state as the civic authorities have failed to maintain them in terms of hygienic standards. The dirt is easily visible which makes it difficult to use them properly. Also, these toilets are proving to be insufficient for the large influx of visitors.
With a laid-back attitude of the civic authorities towards the present public toilets, they have become safe havens for drug addicts and smugglers. The authorities are yet to take notice of this.
Patiala is known for his rich heritage and a large number of people from the state and neighboring states visit the city. The number of tourists rise manifold during festivals. The lack of public toilets hits them hard as they have to put in a lot of effort to find one.
The insufficient public toilets in the city also put women safety at stake. It adds to the difficulties of women, especially in the evening. The presence of miscreants near these public toilets creates fear in the mind of public.
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed the need to construct more public toilets in the country.
"It is very important issue related to the women safety as lack of public toilets posses a thread to the safety. The civic authorities must look towards the cleanliness of the toilets especially where the large number of people visits in the city", said Sarita Devi, a visitor who had come all the way from Jind .
Seeking anonymity, a municipal corporation officer said that they were aware of the problem and are trying to keep the present toilets clean. He added that instructions had been issued to the employees for the same.