Rs 5 per entry, fleecing at Chandigarh’s public toilets stinks

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 13, 2016 12:38 IST
Sector-22 toilet attendant Ghanshyam charging visitors for the convenience on Tuesday. The facility is to be offered for free. (Anil Dayal/HT)

Attendants at public toilets in Sectors 19, 22, 28, 34, 37, 40 and 41 are charging users Rs 5 each time they use the facility. Last month, the municipal corporation had allotted the contract for operation and maintenance of all 108 toilets to Gurgaon-based company Deva Swimming Institute for three months. The clause 67 of the agreement states that the service was free. However, at a toilet in Sector 22, the wall has been used to say charges Rs 5.

Congress councillors have claimed that the agenda to award the contract to Deva Swimming Institute had not been approved by the finance and contract committee (F&CC) of the House.

A member of the F&CC panel Subhash Chawla said, “I will take up the issue in the House meeting as finances are involved in the allotment. This time they have bypassed the House.”

MC chief engineer NP Sharma said the approval for awarding the contract had been done under the non-plan head where the approval from the F&CC meeting is not needed. Usually, under the non-plan head only urgent works are approved. There is no explanation on why this route was used to award the contract for toilets.


Ghanshyam, care taker at sector 22, why he is charging Rs 5, he said, “People give on their own and if you say, we will not charge from today.”

Agency owner, Lalit Kumar said, “I am not aware of the charging, but will look into it.”

Public health wing executive engineer Gulshan Kumar said, “I have not received any complaint. I will check this on Tuesday and in case they are found charging, action will be taken.”

The DNIT (detailed notice inviting tender) states that the reserve price offered by the MC for each toilet is Rs 14,600 per month. Since the MC will also bear the water and electricity bills, it will have to shell out around Rs 19,600 a month.

This is an increase of more than 50% over Rs 12,800 that was the rate when toilets were last functional.

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