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Civic bodies must build toilets for women: HC

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed all municipal corporations in the state to formulate a comprehensive scheme for construction of public toilets for women. The bench ordered all corporations to file their first compliance report on March 8, 2016.

A division bench comprising Justices Abhay Oka and Revati Mohite-dere passed an order that said all corporations shall constitute a committee under the chairmanship of the commissioner that shall have five members to ensure toilets and urinals are constructed for women. The committee shall formulate a comprehensive scheme that will look into the identification of the spot for construction of toilets. The order read, “The emphasis should not be on providing number of toilets on the basis of proportion of women population, rather on providing proper facilities at the right places where they are needed the most.”

The scheme may also provide for private-public partnership for construction and maintenance of toilets and e-toilets can provided depending on the local situation of the area, read the order. The committee must bear in mind that the place chosen has regular supply of electricity, adequate light and water. The order also urges corporations to install solar panels to cut down on the cost of electricity and endeavor to promote environmental friendly measures. Toilets shall be protected by a trained woman security person in uniform who shall be available round the clock, the order states.

The court issued these directions while hearing a PIL filed in 2011 to enforce the right to pee by NGO Milun Saryajani, which states there are no toilets “for women walking on the streets”. It was the success of a Pune model which the HC sought to replicate.

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