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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bulldoze public inconveniences

THERE ARE two very ugly-looking, awfully stinking and terribly filthy urinals on the footpath next to bus stop no. 8 in Arera Colony. The prefab no-door concrete urinals were placed in a dug-up pit by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation some five years ago.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 16:23 IST
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THERE ARE two very ugly-looking, awfully stinking and terribly filthy urinals on the footpath next to bus stop no. 8 in Arera Colony. The prefab no-door concrete urinals were placed in a dug-up pit by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation some five years ago.

Since no proper platform had been constructed before placing the two urinals and no flushing-out provision was made, the accumulated filth has formed a huge pool in and around the two urinals. Since the two urinals are sans running water and the vegetable and other wastes of the subzi-haats held on the footpath is freely deposited here, the condition is made abominably worse.

Whatever was left undone to turn it into a filthy place unfit for human use, was completed by the poster pasters and the swarms of mosquitoes. Any one who dares to get into these urinals must cover his face and close his eyes and must be prepared to wet his feet to be able to come out least scathed. I have often wondered why those who promise the sky at the time of elections do not see these things and take remedial action.

It is a standing disgrace and needs to be bulldozed out of existence at once. In any other civilized country the officials responsible for bringing the things to this pass would have been sent home long ago. Why test the people’s patience here?
Needless to say that Bhopal is woefully short of public conveniences like toilets, urinals and lavatories.

They are not only few but also far between. What’s worse, whatever little is available is not fit for human use. The shabby structures called public conveniences are without water, without waste disposal drains/ outlets and without rudimentary sanitary ware. About the care and maintenance of these conveniences, less said the better.

According to the press report the government of Madhya Pradesh has received ample funds for improvement of the cities of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal was said to have been allocated over Rs 365 crores for this purpose. Here is an opportunity to make a judicious use of the funds and earn the goodwill of the people.

There are three hundred slums in Bhopal. Most of these slums do not have public conveniences. The people living there have no alternative but to relieve themselves in the open spaces, leading to filth and stench. Most market places have added hundreds of new shops to the original plan but there has been no addition of even a single respectable toilet. Without these ordinary conveniences this extraordinary city has been turned into an ordinary filthy place.

Let us hope that our very keen Chief Minister will ensure that the funds allocated for improving the public conveniences are not diverted by the fund-starved Bhopal Municipal Corporation for other sundry jobs other than they are meant for.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 16:23 IST