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Many choose open defecation over PMC’s 50,000 toilets in Pune

According to the civic body, as many as 50,000 toilets have been constructed during the past two years after spending almost Rs 85 crore.

pune Updated: Oct 02, 2017 22:05 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Men engaging in open defecation near the Pune station in Pune on Monday.
Men engaging in open defecation near the Pune station in Pune on Monday. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) claims that it has built over 50,000 toilets in the city to make it ‘open defecation-free’. Yet, reality paints a different picture as many residents of the city opt for open defecation.

According to the civic body, as many as 50,000 toilets have been constructed during the past two years after spending almost Rs 85 crore. These include 43,739 individual toilets; 3,389 public toilets; 12 mobile toilets for women and 3,493 community toilet seats, according to Suresh Jagtap, additional commissioner and in-charge of solid waste management, PMC. 

Despite building so many toilets in the city, people are still defecating in the open, creating heath hazards.

Speaking to HT, Jagtap said, according to guidelines given under the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, PMC has directed all their ward officers to conduct a survey where toilets can be constructed based on the availability of land. “Based on the survey, we have constructed more than 50,000 different toilets for men and women in city.”

According to Jagtap, for individual cleanliness, the PMC constructed 43,739 individual toilets. When asked why people are not using these toilets, Jagtap said, “It may be happening on very small scale. In fact, the PMC has decided to install 30 public toilet units by spending ₹5 crore for such areas where peole chose to defecate in the open.”

City-based social activist Vijay Kumbhar questioned PMC’s claim of building 50,000 toilets in two years.

“PMC’s claim is not true. If PMC claims to have built these many toilets then why are people still preferring to defecate in the open?” said Kumbhar.

PMC officials said that the toilets have been constructed in all parts of the city particularly areas where slum population is higher.

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Individual Toilets constructed in various regional offices of PMC

Regional office                           Number of Toilets                     

Aundh Regional Office                3625                                                 

Ghole Road                                      2479            

Kothrud                                             4509

Warje-Karvenagar                         3610

Dhole Patil Road                            3050

Yerwada                                            4836

Ahamadnagar Road                       914

Vishram Regional Office               228

Bhawani Peth                                1623

Sahakarnagar                                1894

Tilak Road                                       5744