Toilets installed in all 75 suburban stations

Pay-and-use toilets at the Tambaram sanatorium railway station.  

: The Chennai Division of Southern Railway has finally commissioned toilets in all the stations in the suburban network. Officials took to micro blogging site Twitter to announce functioning of toilets in all 75 suburban stations.

In those stations that do not have permanent buildings, the Division has installed mobile toilets.

The railway administration has also roped in non-governmental organisations, apart from private contractors, to make sure that all of them are manned. However, commuters told The Hindu on Wednesday that though the mobile toilets were installed, in Tambaram Sanatorium railway station for instance, they were locked.

Southern Railway officials said they had fixed the charges for using the facilities at Rs. 2 and Rs. 5 . They added that the charges were standard as decided by the Southern Railway headquarters . It may be recalled that the Chennai High Court had in February, directed the Southern Railway to ensure clean toilets in all stations following a Public Interest Litigation petition by the Satta Panchayat Iyakkam, a non-governmental organisation.

“It is a basic amenity which the Southern Railway has to provide all its commuters. Creation of public toilets is one, but their proper maintenance is another,” said Senthil Arumugham of the Iyakkam. He said that they would conduct another round of sample survey and submit the results of the same to the High Court in about a fortnight. Commuters said that proper maintenance of toilets would go a long way towards achieving the objective of the railway’s Swachch Bharat mission .

Officials said toilet maintenance contracts for several stations in MRTS section were also renewed recently.

However, officials at the stations also said it was hard to retain contractors to maintain toilets in those stations where it is not profitable owing to poor patronage.

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