NEW DELHI

Sulabh open to CBI probe

NEW DELHI, JULY 24. Sulabh International, the non-government organisation involved in developing cheaper community toilet complexes, today said it was open to an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the maintenance of toilet blocks by it in the Capital.

In a statement, Sulabh claimed that it was approached by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for maintenance and upkeep of all the toilet blocks in the Capital. "We did not approach the MCD for undertaking toilet complex related work. It is for the MCD to take a decision in the matter. The perception that Sulabh is going to benefit from the move is not true as taking over badly constructed and maintained toilet blocks will be a taxing task for us to accomplish," it stated.

The statement comes in the wake of allegations by MCD Councillors that toilet complexes under Sulabh were in bad shape and proposal of the Municipal Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta, to hand over all community toilet complexes to it without any competition and tender process was an attempt to favour the NGO. "It is a scam of crores," the Leader of Opposition in MCD, Subhash Arya, had alleged.

Sulabh claimed that it was never blacklisted by the MCD as alleged by Mr. Arya and other municipal Councillors. On the other hand, it claimed that many of the NGOs, which were handed over the task of operating and maintaining toilet blocks under the Yamuna Action Plan, have been blacklisted by the MCD.

It claimed that the toilet blocks, which were handed over to it in Haryana under the same Yamuna Action Plan, were in better condition than those in the Capital.

"Both the Japan Bank and Haryana Government are totally satisfied with our performance," it said. "Under such circumstances we are open to a CBI inquiry. At the same time, we would like a similar probe into the functioning of other NGOs in this field in Delhi," Sulabh said.

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