At Pune visarjan, people prefer footpath over toilets

Sushmita Jha
Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Pune: Though the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had made arrangements for around 200 mobile toilets on Laxmi Road for the Ganesh immersion procession, people were still seen relieving by roadside and nearby lanes. 

While many were not aware about the location of these mobile toilets, many simply preferred to relieve themselves in public near shady corners to save time - a big blot for a city aiming to be a Smart City and free from open defecation. 

Pune: Though the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had made arrangements for around 200 mobile toilets on Laxmi Road for the Ganesh immersion procession, people were still seen relieving by roadside and nearby lanes. 

While many were not aware about the location of these mobile toilets, many simply preferred to relieve themselves in public near shady corners to save time - a big blot for a city aiming to be a Smart City and free from open defecation. 

Lack of awareness among onlookers took its toll on the roads, even though the civic body had made arrangements. 

“There were total 200 mobile toilets throughout the area of the grand procession. There was a mobile toilet after every 500 to 700 metres,” said Suresh Jagtap, HOD of Solid Waste Management Department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Talking about people still opting to defecate in the open, he said, “It gets overtly crowded during the procession, so people don’t take the trouble of going to the toilets to use it, especially those playing dhol tasha. A lot of people aren’t even aware of the toilets and unfortunately, relieve on the footpath”.

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