Ludhiana residents raise a stink over public toilets

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 05, 2014 12:40 IST

Though city has around 60 public toilets, they serve no purpose as many of them are in an appalling condition. Besides, the roadside urinals are too in a bad shape, and stink all day due to which the pedestrians and shopkeepers of the nearby markets are a harried lot.

Most of these roadside booths don’t have urinal fixtures. To make matters worse, the toilets and booths don’t have any arrangement of water, leading to filthy conditions.

According to the shopkeepers on Ferozepur Road that leads to Kitchlu Nagar, the wall of urinal was damaged after it was hit by a vehicle, but the authorities concerned never thought about renovating it.

In absence of proper toilets and bathrooms, homeless people are also forced to urinate and bath in open. At some places, toilets are available for only men due to which women have to suffer.

Dalwinder Singh, a shopkeeper on Kitchlu Nagar Road, said, “We suffer a lot, as there is no proper arrangement in the toilets. The urinals don’t have any shed, besides the boundary wall is broken.

The foul smell makes it difficult to stand there for even a moment. Women are forced to go to a nearby gurdwara, as toilets are not fit for them.”

A shopkeeper near Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Tarsem Lal, said, “The government and municipal corporation should pay attention towards the pitiable condition of urinals. Arrangemnts should also be made for their regular cleaning.”

The condition of public toilets outside gate number 3 at PAU is also bad. A vendor said water facility was there, but the civic body should also pay attention towards keeping it clean.

The condition of t he urinals outside SCD Government College is also similar.

The toilets in Rose Garden and Bhadaur House are also crying for MC’s attention. The tiles and pipes of urinal pots here are broken. Cleaning is also not being done on regular-basis as per visitors.

The condition of some public toilets in Jawahar Nagar is a bit better, as its maintenance work is being monitored by a private company. A woman resident of Jawahar Nagar said these toilets were meant for men, but women were also using them, as they had no other option.

“A worker, who takes care of these toilets, said 5 per person was charged for using the toilet,” she said.

Manjit Singh Mehram, a resident of Dugri, said, “There are many markets where public toilets are not available. If there are some, they are in bad shape. The MC should build more public toilets and maintain them properly.”

“Even the shopkee pers in the market near Sat Paul Mittal School don’t have any access to public toilet. Therefore, many people urinate in the open,” Mehram said.

Additional commissioner of operations and maintenance wing, MC, Kamlesh Bansal, said,“We are conducting a survey about the toilets and urinals, which are in bad shape. After the survey, we will decide to handover maintenance work to some agency. As of now, we have not made any proposal for the construction of new public toilets.”

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