The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Sunday inaugurated 46 new public convenience centres to help accelerate the pace of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
According to offcials, the toilet blocks have been constructed at a cost of Rs 16 crore and are placed in different zones – 21 in Central, 16 in South Zone, 9 in West Zone and 5 in Najafgarh Zone. Twenty per cent of the blocks are exclusive for women. There is also provision for physically challenged persons, added the officials.
Standing Committee Chairman Shilendar Singh inaugurated one block at Shahpur Jat in South Zone while Ward Committee Chairman Neeraj Gupta inaugurated another block at Dheer Singh Marg under the Central Zone.
Former MP Sajjan Kumar, along with a local councillor, inaugurated a block at Mahaveer Enclave. The remaining 43 blocks were inaugurated in separate functions by the councilors concerned.
Solar panels will generate electricity for the toilet blocks. Apart from this, adequate number of safai karmcharis will be deployed to maintain the blocks. The units constructed exclusively for women have been situated near colleges in South Campus and other women’s colleges.
Most of the blocks have been constructed in and around residential localities, major roads, commercial complexes and other places that people frequent. The corporation has identified the places for construction of another 110 toilets and the work is likely to commence very soon, said an official.