BMC to build 3,500 toilets to rid Mumbai of open defecation

Locations in 22 wards to be identified; budget provision of Rs 75 crore made under Slum Sanitation Programme.

Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Published:March 7, 2016 12:11 am
Toiletat Borivali Gora iBridge Express Photo by Dilip kagda Toilet at Borivali Gora iBridge (Express Photo by Dilip kagda)

After securing the 10th position in the Swachh Bharat survey, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has speeded up its efforts to make Mumbai an open-defecation-free city. Adopting a comprehensive approach, the civic body would be executing a plan on a pan-city level for the first time by identifying locations in 22 wards where more than 3,500 community toilet seats would be built.

“There is a budget provision of Rs 75 crore for the toilets under the Slum Sanitation Programme and the plan would go on for two and half years. Work has already started in several wards and would begin in the others soon,” said Deputy Municipal commissioner Vijay Balamwar.

Barring two wards, about 250 locations have been finalised where new toilet seats would be built. After the construction of 3,568 toilets, an additional 2,000 seats would be set up depending on requirement. While most toilet seats would be new, ward officials have been instructed to demolish any damaged or broken toilets and construct new ones in their place.

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“In place of the damaged toilet blocks, the contractor can also choose to build an extra level of toilets to accommodate the allotted number of seats,” said a civic official.

Among the 22 wards, L ward comprising areas such as Kurla, has the highest number of locations earmarked for the programme—480. While toilet blocks in six locations would be reconstructed, new ones would be constructed in Sarang Chawl behind Kurla court, Bhartiya Nagar below SCLR bridge and near Bhabha Hospital, among other locations.

Similarly in H-West ward, which has a high slum population, 17 sites have been identified where 267 toilets seats would be constructed. Apart from Nargis Dutt Road and Qureshi Nagar, new toilets would be constructed next to the BEST bus depot near Bandra West railway station.

In south Mumbai, new toilets would be constructed near Geeta Nagar under A ward. In D ward, new toilet blocks would be constructed near Banganga pumping station and Kalimata Nagar slum.

arita.sarkar@expressindia.com
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