To encourage people to use toilets, and help the town become open defecation free, Pardi Nagarpalika in Valsad district has decided to give Rs 5 as an incentive to each user of mobile toilets that will be placed in slums areas of the town
A proposal in this regard was passed by the standing committee of the civic body on Thursday by chairman Devendra Shah.
“There are many slums areas in our town where people go out in open to defecate early morning or late in the night. So, I thought of putting the mobile toilets to use in slum areas. Our motive is that people should be given better alternative, and to create awareness and make people habitual of using toilets, we will give Rs 5 to each user,” said Shah, a member of the BJP.
A year ago, the Pardi Nagarpalika had purchased a mobile toilet at the cost of Rs 6.50 lakh to use it for public meetings of political parties. However, the toilet, which has the facility of four persons — two men and two women — using it at a time, has remained idle most of the time.
“There are public toilets in the town, but they area payable. Users have to pay Rs 5 every time. As a result, many don’t use it and go out in the open for defecation. After the proposal is approved, we will implement it and see the response. If we get good response we will go ahead with purchasing more such mobile toilet vans in the coming months,” he added. As per the proposal, a person will be deployed at the mobile toilet to note down the details of the users and give them the money.
The 28-member Pardi Nagarpalika has equal number of Congress and BJP members. While the president is from the BJP, the Congress has vice-president.
“We have decided to approve the proposal of using mobile toilet in the slum areas and to give Rs 5 to each of the users,” said Congress leader Bipin Patel.
The proposal will be now be put before the general board meeting of the civic body on October 29.