The Madras High Court Bench here on Monday cleared the decks for opening a public toilet reportedly built in 2009 at Satyasai Nagar in Jaihindpuram here but not thrown open for public use.

Disposing of a public interest litigation filed by M. Manoharan, a resident of the locality, a Division Bench of Justice Chitra Venkataraman and Justice S. Vimala directed the Collector to issue necessary instructions for making the toilet available for public use forthwith. The judges observed that a toilet would not require a formal inaugural function.

They made it clear that it would be the responsibility of the Corporation Commissioner to ensure that the toilet was maintained in a hygienic manner and it served the purpose for which it was constructed. In his affidavit, the petitioner said that Gandhi Silks, a city-based textile showroom, had constructed the toilet at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh and gifted it to the Corporation.

Then, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was holding majority in the Corporation council. Subsequently, there was a change in administration with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam taking a lead in the council. “Due to the change, the opening ceremony got postponed,” the petitioner said.