To address the problem of fewer public toilets for women in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to launch mobile toilets exclusively for women. These toilets would be designed by modifying PMPML buses that are no more in use for commuting purposes.
“This is the first attempt to develop mobile toilets by making modifications to PMPML buses that have completed their on-road life. These toilets would be made available for use exclusively for women,” said Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar.
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He said that on October 2, the PMC would launch three such mobile toilets and increase its strength depending on the response.
Joint Municipal Commissioner Suresh Jagtap, who is in-charge of the PMC’s sanitation department, said these “Ti toilets” were part of the civic body’s project to address the shortage of public toilets for women. “The PMC plans to station them at crowded places,” he said. “The first three mobile toilets would be stationed outside Mahatma Phule vegetable market, F C Road and J M Road. Their number would be increased slowly and more would be stationed at new locations visited by a large number of women.”
The civic administration has received flak in the past for the shortage of toilet facilities for women in public places and poor condition of the existing facilities.
In fact, PMC’s own women and child welfare committee had recently directed the civic administration to improve the conditions of toilets for women in the civic body headquarters.
“The toilets for women in the PMC main building are in a very bad state. They are not regularly cleaned and are very unhygienic, creating a health risk for women. We can understand the state of condition of toilets for women in other civic buildings and public places if the situation is so bad at the civic body headquarters,” said a member of the PMC’s women and child welfare committee.