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Campus Connect: Top Pune colleges down the drain on sanitary cleanliness

City colleges work hard to keep campuses clean, but as evidence shows, toilet cleanliness is not on the plan

pune Updated: Feb 16, 2018 17:31 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
The condition of gents toilet in SP college is abysmal due to lack of manpower and required sources such as water and dustbins.
The condition of gents toilet in SP college is abysmal due to lack of manpower and required sources such as water and dustbins.(SANKET WANKHADE/HT PHOTO)
         

Prominent colleges in the city such as Fergusson College and SP College among others need to pay greater attention to sanitary cleanliness on campus.

“Our college has been repeatedly praised for its efforts to keep the campus clean and green. But, that effort should also involve the toilets. If you have a look into the toilets, both ladies and gents, you will realise the dire situation.” said, Rahul Koli, third year BCom student of Sir Parashurambhau (SP) College.

“The departmental toilets are still okay, but the common campus toilets are extremely unclean. The issue is most of the time it is not regularly cleaned which ideally should happen. Also, the water supply becomes a problem sometimes.

“However, we have, several times, reached out to the authorities and hope to a permanent solution for this,” Koli added

SP College won the ‘Green College, Clean College’ competition in Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, in January.

When asked about the current situation and how a plan of action to solve the problem, principal Dilip Sheth said, “We do acknowledge that we have received a number of complaints about the cleanliness in toilets. The issue initially was the lack of proper manpower and some of the toilets also had been damaged which we needed to reconstruct.

“All that construction work now is underway. Also, the issue of manpower has been taken care of and they are being cleaned twice a day.”

At Fergusson College, the students, however, reported a mixed scenario.

“There have been a number of complaints made to the authorities regarding the toilets and the response has been slow, but positive for now. They do clean the washrooms, but yes there is only one common washroom on campus,” said Pooja Dabholkar, third year, English undergraduate.

“We otherwise have to either go to departmental washrooms or use the teacher’s washroom. Barring this, the campus is comparatively very clean, mostly because the students understand its value and contribute to keeping it clean,” she added.

According to others, the washrooms are usually clean, however, depending on the time of the day, public toilets can be sometimes compromising.

Priya Sethi, first-year junior college student, said, “The toilets are cleaned almost twice a day which is adequate. Sometimes it becomes compromising, especially in the morning and the evening depending on the number of users. That’s something you can’t help with public toilets.”

Third-year Physics student, Siddeshwar Vashisht said, “The boy’s toilets is not as clean as it should be at all times of the day, because although public, the toilets are within the campus.

“However, the main issue here is the water shortage, which has been rampant in both hostels and the academic block toilets.”

While principal Ravindrasinh Pardeshi had spoken to HT, stating their efforts to keep the toilets clean as adequate, he could not be reached for a response to the complaints.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 14:40 IST