After spending nearly Rs 6 crore on the maintenance of water-less urinals in its jurisdiction, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation passed a proposal to convert all 338 such urinals in its jurisdiction into conventional toilet blocks. The project, initiated ahead of the Commonwealth Games, did not work out due to maintenance issues.
In its proposal, the North Corporation stated that the maintenance of waterless urinals will help improve the “image” of the corporation. Additionally, the contract for maintenance of the urinals will be given out “in lieu of advertisement rights on a monthly licence fee basis for a period of three years”. The move is also expected to augment revenue for the corporation.
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While the success of the waterless units remained debatable, the corporations decided to turn them into conventional toilets by mounting water tanks on top of the toilet complexes and arranging new fittings for the blocks.
However, most of the toilet blocks could not be successfully converted since they do not have water connections.
Standing committee chairman Parvesh Wahi stated that water connections to all these blocks will be sought from the Delhi Jal Board and they will be made functional again. After arbitration by the Delhi High Court, it was decided that the waterless urinals constructed through public-private-partnership would be handed over to the three civic bodies of the capital – 338 under the north corporation, 220 under south and 285 under the east corporation.
Officials said bids for the maintenance of these blocks are being invited through e-auction with no expenditure on part of the civic body itself.