Salman’s father Salim Khan, Waheeda Rehman say no to toilet near their Bandra homes in Mumbai
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Salman’s father Salim Khan, Waheeda Rehman say no to toilet near their Bandra homes in Mumbai

Bollywood celebrities feel a public toilet on Bandra Bandstand will lead to nuisance, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claims it is a portable urinal, not a toilet

mumbai Updated: Apr 20, 2017 17:11 IST
Press Trust of India
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Salim Khan and Waheeda Rehman have expressed their reservation about the facility.(HT)

Bollywood scriptwriter Salim Khan, actor Waheeda Rehman and other local residents of Bandra in suburban Mumbai want the BMC to shift a public toilet installed near their homes along the Bandstand promenade.

In 2016, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) roped in actor Salman Khan, Salim Khan’s son, to promote its drive against open defecation.

Khan senior is not happy with the location of the public toilet. “It’s not that we are opposing installation of toilet blocks at Bandstand. We support the move. But if the toilet is built in the middle of promenade, there will be a mess and it will create nuisance,” Salim Khan told reporters.

Waheeda Rehman, too, has reservations about the facility, which she said is opposite her bungalow and Galaxy Apartments, where Salman Khan and his family live.

“Yes, I have...signed a petition launched by local people (against the toilet),” Rehman told PTI.

Bandra Bandstand Walkers and Users Forum has lodged a complaint with the civic body regarding the toilet block.

Asif Zakaria, local corporator, said he had written to the ward officer on this issue. “I support the cause of building toilets, but with proper planning. Civic officials are installing toilets by violating the norms brazenly and constructing them on footpaths. The BMC is even building a toilet on a pavement outside Khar telephone exchange, which doesn’t have a sewerage connection,” he said.

However, a civic official said these were portable urinals and not toilets. “It will have an attendant around-the-clock. The aim is to provide a urinal facility for walkers and visitors [at Bandstand],” he said.

Read more: Salman Khan is Mumbai city’s Open Defecation Free drive brand ambassador

Coming soon in Mumbai: Toilets with changing rooms, water dispenser

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 15:54 IST