Pune: Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very serious about Swachh Bharat Mission, his own party leaders who are ruling the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have suggested demolition of nine public toilets in the city.
The proposal for demolishing these public toilets has been placed before the Women and Child Development Committee. The committee members asked the administration to submit its views.
Civic activist Vijay Kumbhar objected to this proposal and said that it is a common practice in the PMC to demolish the public toilets in the city which are near any commercial establishment. Kumbhar wrote a letter to Mayor Mukta Tilak and raised the question why the elected members are not sensitive about the issue.
“Public toilets are important. As it is, there are less public toilets in the city considering the city’s growing population. Ideally, the PMC needs to clear proposals for erecting more public toilets but instead of that, it is giving permission for demolishing them,” he said.
Kumbhar wrote to the mayor and reminded her that prime minister had launched the Swachh Bharat Mission and asking people to construct toilets. The BJP had opposed the demolition of public toilets when it was in the opposition.
Even it was decided in the PMC that public toilets will not be demolished for setting up community halls but the irony is that the PMC wants to demolish these nine public toilets for constructing community halls.