Bengaluru

‘Most public toilets are unusable’

Pay-and-Use toilets at Kalasipalyam.

Pay-and-Use toilets at Kalasipalyam.   | Photo Credit: V Sreenivasa Murthy

National Commission for Safai Karamcharis inspects facilities in the city

Most of the public toilets in the city are unusable, with many facing problems such as scarcity of water, broken doors, damaged taps and blocked commodes. These were the findings during an inspection by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis on Wednesday.

After seeing the ‘pathetic’ condition of some of the Pay-and-Use toilets, Jagadish Hiremani of the Commission ordered that four facilities be locked.

“The ones in Malleswaram, Mariyappanapalya, and K.C. General Hospital are to be locked as they were being operated without following proper tender process,”’ said Mr. Hiremani, who directed BBMP officials to take necessary action against those who maintained the toilets.

“The city has around 680 toilets, with around 530 belonging to the BBMP and 150 of them being run in a public-private partnership model. Most of these toilets have a person to collect money from users but not to clean them,” he said.

The Commission also highlighted the inadequate number of facilities in Bengaluru given the city’s size and population. These issues will be taken up with BBMP officials and contractors of Pay-and-Use toilets.

“They have been asked to furnish necessary documents regarding the tenders and other information,” said Mr. Hiremani who also visited waste processing units at Kannahalli and Seegehalli, and noted that staff were not equipped with safety gear.

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