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Octogenarian dies waiting for construction of toilet left incomplete

Bansilal lived with his wife Jetiyabai (76) in the slums in the ward no. 11 at Mandideep. The town falls in Raisen district and is situated hardly 20 kilometers away from state capital city Bhopal

bhopal Updated: Dec 22, 2017 21:36 IST
SC Goyal, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Mandideep
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Picture of toilet construction which was left incomplete near residence of an old couple in slum area of Mandideep about one month ago(HT photo)

An old couple living in industrial area Mandideep waited eagerly first for construction of a toilet at their house and then its completion. Nothing moved in the past one month. Of them, Bansilal (80), the husband died on Thursday.

Bansilal lived with his wife Jetiyabai (76) in the slums in the ward no. 11 at Mandideep. The town falls in Raisen district and is situated hardly 20 kilometers away from state capital city Bhopal.

The area is represented by union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha and culture and tourism minister Madhya Pradesh government Surendra Patwa in the state assembly.

As per local residents in the locality Bansilal, a labourer, who had no children, was much impressed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat campaign to such an extent that not only he applied for a toilet at local Nagar Palika office but also he used to defecate in a bucket and used to throw the excreta far away from the locality.

He deposited Rs 1300 too to the Nagar Palika office for construction of the toilet sometime last year after which a pit was dug near his dwelling. There was hardly any progress later.

After his repeated complaints to authorities some Nagar Palika personnel came to his residence about a month back and raised a two feet high brick structure leaving the work incomplete. He complained to authorities and requested for completion of the structure but to no avail.

Jetiyabai said her husband was eager to have a toilet near their residence but it was not done in the past one year despite their efforts.

Neighbour Ramkrishna Mishra told the media persons that they requested the chief municipal officer (CMO) Rajesh Shrivastava to allow them to construct the toilet by raising funds if the Nagar Palika was not able to do this but he assured that the same would be done by them.

Ward corporator Prarthna Chauhan spoke in a similar vein. She said she too had requested the CMO and other authorities concerned in this regard but they accomplished their duties just by placing some bricks.

However, the CMO Rajesh Shrivastava said wife of the deceased asked the contractor sent by Nagar Palika to carry on the work as her husband was ailing.

Collector Raisen Bhavana Walimbe said she would instruct the SDM concerned to look into the matter as to whose fault it was in not completing the construction of the toilet.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 21:36 IST