Pune: Devotees visiting the famous Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple may face inconvenience as the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has given its nod to demolish the only public toilet near the temple.
The temple, located on the busy Shivaji Road, has no other public toilet or urinal nearby which will cause inconvenience to visitors, including tourists and yet the proposal of demolishing the toilet was mooted by the corporators.
The temple falls in the ward represented by City Mayor Mukta Tilak and BJP corporator Hemant Rasane who is also one of the trustees of the trust. Both the corporators had proposed to demolish the public toilet located on PMC’s land reserved for parking, in March last year, before the Woman and Child Welfare Committee of the PMC.
Rasane in his proposal claimed that the public toilet is causing inconvenience to the devotees, as they have to form long queues for getting darshan and these queues pass from near the toilet.
In his proposal, Rasane also said that several devotees, tourists and foreign nationals visit the temple and the public toilet creates nuisance for the devotees.
Thousands of devotees visit the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple every day and the number of devotees goes up manifold during the festive season. Devotees have to stand in the queue for hours and the nearby public toilet is a necessity. Earlier, the toilet was located along the road in a bylane but after widening the lane, the toilet is now located at the rear side of the temple in a lane. The lane is used for queueing up for darshan.
After a great push for the proposal as the temple is celebrating its 125th year, the office of Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar approved the proposal but asked the concerned department to construct a new public toilet before demolishing the old one. But the civic administration failed to mention where the new public toilet will be constructed.