PUNE: The district administration has appreciated the positive action by people in allowing use of their toilets for use by pilgrims on the Wari route.
After an appeal from Pune ZP, locals put white flags on houses, denoting available washrooms. Pune Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Suraj Mandhare said that while 1,200 toilets were provided by the administration an additional 1,280 toilets were opened by locals for use of pilgrims on Wari route.
“We are thankful to people for showing a great response. As there are lakhs of people in the Wari it becomes difficult to cater to the large population. We hope that there is a similar response from people from Solapur and Satara district including Purandar, Baramati and Indapur in Pune. People can place a white flag on their toilets indicating that pilgrims can use them.”
“Similarly, locals have also been appealed to provide their toilets to pilgrims at places of halt of the Wari.”
The district administration is faced with a problem of open defecation and a subsequent health threat during the Wari and so the administration took the steps.
Mandhare had issued instructions to all block development officers (BDOs) to communicate the appeal to the villagers through village development officers, gram sevaks and primary teachers.