THE TOILETS at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Punjab and Haryana assembly buildings in Sector 1, the Income Tax Bhawan and the Old District Court Complex in Sector 17 have been ranked as the cleanest in a survey carried out by authorities here, on the directions of Ministry of Urban Development.
A joint team of the engineering department of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation inspected 227 buildings, which house the offices of UT administration and the central government, for the ‘clean-toilet’ survey. The second rank was secured by Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat Building, Sector 1, Chandigarh.
The criteria for the judging toilets were the number of urinal stands and those that were functional, adequate number of toilet seats with functional ablution taps and working flush arrangement. Apart from the number of functional and clean wash basins, the hygiene was also assessed.
“Not just the toilets, the buildings were also rated on whether the corridors were free from stains of paan and gutka (betel nut). It was also seen whether any unwanted or discarded material was lying in the balconies and corridors,” said Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand. The team also judged whether sufficient dustbins were available on the premises, both for wet & dry garbage.
The chief engineer said the basic idea behind the competition was to inculcate a sense of cleanliness among the officials. “An intensive survey was carried out by the team. Now since they have competed with one another, next time they would ensure that their toilets are clea”,” Anand added.
Sources said the authorities at various buildings were not informed before the survey so that the team get to have a reality check on the toilets. Just a month ago, in the “Swacch Surveksh”- clean cities survey carried out by Ministry of Urban Development, the city ranked as the second cleanest in the country.
However, the condition of the public toilets was still dilapidated. The MoUD has directed to hold this competition in all the cities.