Lack of adequate public toilets in city

ST Correspondent
Friday, 24 August 2018

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) does not have sufficient public toilets as per the prescribed norms. This information was revealed in the written form to the question asked during the General Body meeting. As per the Indian Standard Code for water closets for Public Toilets, BIS 1993 (Planning Norms) there should be a one public toilet per 50 people in the city. However, they have only 1,332 public toilets in the city. 

Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) does not have sufficient public toilets as per the prescribed norms. This information was revealed in the written form to the question asked during the General Body meeting. As per the Indian Standard Code for water closets for Public Toilets, BIS 1993 (Planning Norms) there should be a one public toilet per 50 people in the city. However, they have only 1,332 public toilets in the city. 

During the General Body meeting held in the month of August, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Chaya Marane of Kothrud area had asked a question in writing about the scenario of public toilets in the city. 
According to the information provided by the civic body, the city needs 6,000 more public toilets based on 31.50 lakh city population as per 2011 Census. however, the corporation has only 1,332 public toilets. 

As per the prescribed norms, one public toilet is needed per 35 to 50 people, besides one public urinal per 2.5 to 3 kilometre along both sides of the main road. According to the information released by the administration, there are total 1,331 public toilets in different parts of the city which include 3,559 seats for men and 2,463 seats for women. 

While speaking to Sakal Times, Suresh Jagtap, Head of PMC Solid Waste Management, said, “ Initially we have given emphasis on building public toilets on main roads. We have to install public toilets on all main roads per 2.5 km on both sides of roads. We are working on increasing public toilets in the city.” 

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