New sanitary offices with more facilities for conservancy workers are coming up in some model wards in the city. The first of these has been completed in Ward 43 (near the B1 Police Station), one of the nearly 10 wards chosen to try out all the components of solid waste management.


Calling it a modern sanitary office, South Zone Chairman P. Pynthamil said his zone accounted for the first completed office that contained an office room for the Sanitary Inspector and washing and changing rooms for the workers. Such buildings were among the measures to improve the working conditions of the conservancy workers.

“The new building has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 20 lakh and it looks more like a bungalow what with vitrified tiles as flooring,” Mr. Pynthamil said, pointing out that the old office was hugely inadequate in meeting the basic requirements of the workers and officials.

The new building's ground floor measured 1,450 sq.ft. and housed wash and changing rooms with lockers for men workers. The first floor, measuring 800 sq. ft., had the office of the Sanitary Inspector and also the wash and changing rooms for the women workers.

“Landscaping will be done to make this a green building,” Mr. Pynthamil said.

While the new offices had been planned only in the model wards now, there was a suggestion that these could come up in 35 wards for which Sanitary Inspectors had been posted. The civic body could look at covering all the 72 wards in the city if each of these had a Sanitary Inspector, he said.

The South Zone Chairman said the old 800 sq.ft. building in Ward 43 would be converted into a gymnasium for women and children. It would be managed by a women's self-help group.

Councillor of Ward 43 N. Tamilselvi said her ward was the first one to complete the project that would be of immense benefit to the conservancy workers.

There was a proposal to build a new Siddha health centre of the Corporation in the ward, as the existing premises that was part of the old Sanitary Inspector's office was inadequate.

The works were expected to begin after the World Classical Tamil Conference in June this year, she said.

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