Centre puts up Modern, User-friendly Public Toilets across Delhi
Delhi got modern and user friendly public toilets made of high- end composite materials used in air craft and high class rail coaches at 20 different locations, costing Rs.13 lakh each. One such ‘Swachh Sauchalay’ consisting of 4 toilet seats and 4 urinals was inaugurated by the Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu at Sikka Market in Preet Vihar of East Delhi. Local cooperators and dignitaries did so at 19 other locations across North(5), South(6) and 9 locations in East Municipal Corporation of Delhi areas.
Speaking on the occasion, M.Venkaiah Naidu said there is a shortfall of about 4,000 public toilets in the three MCD areas and measures are being taken to bridge the gap under Swachh Bharat Mission. The shortfall includes 5,318 in South Delhi, 3,311 in the North and 2,508 in the East MCD area after constructing a total of 7,061 public toilet seats since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in October, 2014. He said that about 6.50% of urban people use public toilets and required infrastructure needs to be ensured in urban areas.
Stressing that Delhi should lead by example in ensuring cleanliness, Shri Naidu urged the people, municipal bodies and the Delhi Government to rise to the occasion.
These toilets have been installed by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), a Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Urban Development, under Corporate Social Responsibility. Such toilets will be made available at 10 more locations by NBCC.
Shri Naidu said that the ‘NAMMA’ toilets in use in Tamil Nadu and made available at 20 locations in Delhi today have the advantages of:
* Fittings being resistant to vandalism and tampering;
* Comfortable design to suit the needs of users;
* Corners and edges rounded off to prevent dirt accumulation;
* Special paintings used to prevent bacterial growth and smell;
* Ease of access to all including physically challenged;
* High natural ventilation and air draft to evacuate stale air;
* Adoption of solar energy for power needs; and
* Factory built parts assembled at site for quality and modular design enabling expansion.
Referring to the need of water supply and sewer connections for use of toilets and treatment of human waste, Shri Naidu informed that his Ministry has recently sanctioned Rs.223 cr to Delhi under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Under this, Rs.113 cr will be spent on providing water supply connections and Rs.104 cr on improving sewerage networks.
Locations provided with modern public toilets in East MCD: Preet Vihar, Veer Sawarkar Hospital, Swamy Dayanand Hospital, DDA Market (Mayur Vihar Ph-II), Anand Vihar, Loni Road Petrol Pump, Seelampur Metro Station, C-12 Block (Yamuna Vihar) and New Jaffrabad.
South MCD: Near Uphaar Cinema, near DTC Depot Kalu Sarai, Munirka DDA Flats, Near Fortis Hospital, near Nehru Place Metro Station and Nehru Place District Centre.
North Delhi: Near Samaypur Badli Metro Station, GT Road (Azadpur), Nangloi Metro Station, Faseel Road and Old Tonga Stand Railway Parcel Centre, SPM Marg.