Women’s toilet blocks: Missing doors fixed,1 held

PCMC files FIR after Newsline reported the incident

Written by MANOJ MORE | Published: July 17, 2012 1:16:00 am

PCMC files FIR after Newsline reported the incident

A day after Newsline reported about the theft of the doors of women’s public toilet in Kasarwadi,the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) filed an FIR on Sunday. The police arrested one person and recovered the doors from him.

PCMC officials on Monday said they have fixed new doors that are of better quality. The officials are also planning to provide security at the public toilets.

Over 500 women in Kasarwadi were finding it difficult to use the toilets. PCMC sanitation chief R B Chavan said they would send an official to find out what had exactly happened. However,local residents said the PCMC did not understand the gravity of the situation. “The problem did not affect officials. The toilets could not be used in night as there was no electricity,” said an elderly woman.

The PCMC moved into action only after Municipal Commissioner Dr Shrikar Pardeshi took stern view of the report that appeared in Newsline on Sunday. “I have asked officials to get it repaired immediately. I was told that this is happening repeatedly. By using such means,some landlords want tenants to vacate their rooms ,” he had said on Sunday.

Work on fixing the doors started on Sunday and continued till Monday evening. Local corporator Kiran Mote supervised the work till late Sunday. “These doors are supposedly of better quality and cannot be stolen easily,” he said. Officials said a watchman will also be employed. Mote said some landlords are behind the incident. “They are sending miscreants to steal the doors to harass the old time tenants who pay low rents. The landlords were targeting women,in particular,to infuse fear in their minds.”

He said the doors have been stolen nine times before but no FIR was filed. However,PCMC officials said the doors have been stolen three to four times. Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe said PCMC’s delay in taking action is a clear violation of human rights. “The PCMC should have first fixed the door and then chased the culprits,” she said.

Activist Kalpesh Pagaria said,“The stealing of doors of public toilets is common. A lot of politics is going on. Also,the double-storeyed washrooms are never kept in order. Doors and commodes are always found broken. As there is no proper drainage facility,dirty water flows on road.”

Thief is a PCMC staff

PUNE: R Munde,arrested for the theft of toilet doors,is a PCMC employee and works in the electricity department. PCMC sanitation chief R B Chavan said they were shocked to hear this. Inspector Sudhir Aspat said the man used to steal the wooden doors and use them on his vada pao handcart.

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