KARNATAKA

BCC not aware of ‘World Toilet Day’

Staff Correspondent

The sanitary condition is bad in Belgaum



Condition of public urinals worse in Belgaum

There are only 48 public toilets for

58 wards



Belgaum: Belgaum City Corporation (BCC) is not aware of “World Toilet Day” though it was observed on Monday.

A senior official in the corporation was caught unawares when The Hindu sought to know if the corporation had any programme to mark the event.

Several nations observe November 19 as “World Toilet Day” after its declaration in 2001 by 17 toilet associations around the world with the objective of promoting clean toilets. Sanitation experts, environmentalists, toilet designers, contractors and non-governmental organisations have joined hands to work towards achieving the objective of clean toilets and sanitation for everybody in their respective countries.

However, in this city, which is also the headquarters of Belgaum Revenue Division in north Karnataka, the sanitary condition is bad.

According to the 2001 Census, the population of the city categorised as Class I was 506480. But there are only 48 public toilets for 58 wards. Besides, there are 10 “sulabh shouchalayas” (pay and use facility) in major market centres in the city. The corporation has entrusted the maintenance of “sulabh shouchalayas” to private agencies.

A senior health official in the city corporation admitted that the public toilets in the city were not properly maintained. It had become difficult to maintain cleanliness owing to the shortage of workers, he said.

He said that the condition of public urinals was worse and they caused pollution in the city. Owing to the shortage of toilets, people were forced to urinate in the open. Urinals in some localities had been demolished following objections by people living close to them.

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