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Pune’s ‘invisible’ toilets: Activists say that even online searches cannot find PMC-built toilets

Right to Information (RTI) activist Vijay Kumbhar, while questioning PMC’s claim said, when constructing the toilets the PMC has not followed the ‘lat-long’ method, which helps people find the particular public toilet on the Internet.

pune Updated: Oct 02, 2017 22:42 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Toilets,Activists
Citizens standing in a queue outside a toilet at Janwadi, Gokhale nagar in Pune on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

While the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has claimed that 3,493 community toilets were constructed in various parts of the city in the past two years, a city-based activist on the other hand, has questioned civic body’s claim.

Right to Information (RTI) activist Vijay Kumbhar, while questioning PMC’s claim said, when constructing the toilets the PMC has not followed the ‘lat-long’ method. According to the‘lat-long’ method, Latitude and Longitude of the particular toilet should be noted, which in turn helps find the particular public toilet on the Internet.

Activist Vijay Kumbhar said, “PMC should follow ‘lat-long’ method while constructing public toilet so that people will know where the toilets are located. At the moment, we cannot find any of the newly constructed toilets on the Internet.”

When Kumbhar approached PMC on this issue, PMC official responded saying it could not be done since PMC did not give smartphones to their employee which would have helped in noting down the ‘lat-long’.

Suresh Jagtap, additional commissioner in-charge of Solid Waste Management, however, said, “This is not true. We are working to ensure all public toilets can be found on Internet. There was some technical issue, but soon all public toilets will be available on the Internet.”

The activist also faulted the way the civic body paid money to beneficiaries. According to the government rule, PMC should have transferred money to beneficiaries’ account instead of giving them cash. The PMC did not follow the rule while constructing toilets, Kumbhar alleged.

According to officials, PMC spent ₹85 crore to construct more than 50,000 toilets and will invest ₹5 crore more for 30 public toilet units for an open defecation free city.

Regional Office ----Number of Slums

Aundh ----44

Ghole Road---- 45

Kothrud-Karve Nagar---- 71

Warje-Karve Nagar ----06

Dhole Patil Road ----77

Sangamwadi ---21

Nagar Road ---35

Tilak Raod ----81

Bhavani Peth ----25

Sahakarnagar ----44

Kasaba peth ----26

Hadapasar---- 34

Dhanakawadi ----06

Bibwewadi ---49

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 22:42 IST