Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis with actor Akshay Kumar during Transform Maharashtra event at NSCI, Worli on Monday.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis with actor Akshay Kumar during Transform Maharashtra event at NSCI, Worli on Monday.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

CM takes note of Akshay Kumar’s suggestion, promises toilets every 2km in Maharashtra

The announcement came after actor Akshay Kumar pointed out at the Transform Maharashtra conclave that the lack of toilets in the state was affecting several citizens, especially women
By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 09:51 AM IST

There will be a toilet for every 2km in all cities across the state soon, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday.

The announcement came after actor Akshay Kumar pointed out at the Transform Maharashtra conclave that the lack of toilets in the state was affecting several citizens, especially women. “Earlier, phone booths were built at fixed distances across the state. We could similarly have ‘toilet booths’ so people won’t have to suffer anymore,” the actor said, while also suggesting a mobile application to help people locate the nearest toilet.

The CM praised the idea and said the state will start work immediately. Countries around the world successfully implemented such a model and Maharashtra will not lag behind, Fadnavis said. He said each of these toilets will be geo-tagged with the help of the mobile application.

The conclave also saw dozens of fresh solutions for the state’s issues, such as drought and corruption, being suggested by college students. More than 10,000 students participated in the Transform Maharashtra initiative and suggested solutions for 11 of the state’s most critical issues.

One suggestion to tackle waste, for instance, was a reverse vending machine to collect plastic, glass and cans and dispense cash in return. The chief minister also said he would like to incorporate the spatial decision support system (SDSS) programme suggested by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in the state’s flagship water conservation programme— ‘Jalyukt Shivar’, to make Maharashtra drought-free .

Though innovative and path-breaking, many of the solutions were not feasible in its existing state. For instance, for a corruption-free Maharashtra, students from VJTI College suggested 16 parameters to assess capabilities of the contractors participating in the tendering process. The CM pointed out that the scam was found in the execution of the work. “We also want you to help the state to give a solution to deal with irregularities in execution of the project work,” he said.

Similarly, another group of students from College of Engineering, Pune while presenting solution for improving mobility in cities suggested for integrated ticketing system through smart card that can also be used for parking of vehicles. However, CM asked them to come out with a model of revenue distribution which should be based on actual use of the transportation mode by the commuters.

To make the students’ solutions workable, Fadnavis said a committee of ministers, senior officers and students will be formed to come up with practical ideas in the next six months.

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