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Stinking movable toilets in Chandigarh force people to defecate in the open

418 re-locatable toilets stink, residents say ‘ no option but to go outside’.

punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2017 11:12 IST
Hillary Victor 
Hillary Victor 
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Toilet block where doors are broken in Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Toilet block where doors are broken in Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Even though the municipal corporation got award from the Prime Minister for achieving 100% open defecation free (ODF) status for the city last September, the ground reality after six months is that 418 re-locatable toilets provided at various colonies and villages are in a pathetic condition and the people have again started going out in open.

The city mayor, Asha Kumari Jaswal, said, “I am seeking report on this as it is a serious issue. If people are not using it, then the purpose of ODF is defeated.”

The civic body had spent around ₹1.55 crore on these 418 toilets. A population of around 2 lakh is targeted across colonies and village areas to use these toilets.

During the visit to Sectors 25 and 38, HT team found that doors of most of the re-locatable women toilets were broken, sewer water was flowing on the road, there was no water and streetlights are used to light the area, which are also not functioning.

Even the person, who was hired to clean the toilets left the work around two months back as he was not paid the salary. All the toilets were stinking and unhygienic conditions prevail in the area, forcing the residents not to use it. 

‘No option but go outside’ 

“We are not using the toilets since the past two months and are going out in open as they are very dirty and we do not feel like going there. Moreover, the water is available after two or three days,” said Premo, resident of Sector 25.

“The person who was cleaning these toilets has left the job as he was not paid for past four months. Initially the toilets were maintained but now, we do not even feel like going to that area,” Sandeep, Sector 25 resident, laments.

“It is sad that, they talking of smart city, but just to bag the award, they installed these toilets, but now sewer water from these toilets is flowing on road and entire area is stinking now,” Rajesh Sharma, Sector 38 resident, said.

First Published: Apr 28, 2017 11:10 IST

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