The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has invited tenders for building public toilets at a dozen sites in the Capital. At a time when the agency has found few takers for its schemes,be it the auctioning of plots or building underground parking lots in Delhi,it has announced a plan of setting up public conveniences on a Build,Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.
We will lease the land to interested agencies or individual contractors for a five-year period,and they will bear the cost of construction and operation. Provision would be made so that they can utilise certain portions of the complex for advertising. In addition,they will also charge users for the facility, a senior DDA engineer said.
The MCD public toilets in the city are in a mess. There is a massive need for setting up public conveniences that are clean and convenient. This was the basis on which we formulated the designs,which will differ from location to location, the official said.
He also confirmed that the toilets will not be designed or built entirely along the lines of Sulabh Shauchalyas in the city. These toilets will be built on a build,transfer and operate basis,which means they will not follow a structure similar to the Sulabh Shauchalya toilets. Besides,the designs will be different, he said.
According to the plans,those who successfully bid for the project will be allowed to use three sides of the complex for advertising. In addition,they will also be given the option of setting up a florists shop inside the toilet complex. We have studied the designs and think it will work. Besides,only reputed individuals or agencies will be awarded the contract so that we can be certain about the upkeep of cleanliness and hygiene, the officer added.
The DDA will charge the agency a monthly licence fee for operating the toilets.
The sites that have been earmarked so far are Gulabi Bagh,Shalimar Bagh,Lawrence Road,Netaji Subash Place,Pitampura,and Ashok Vihar. At all the above sites,the public conveniences will be built in and around commercial complexes and district centres.
The idea,pioneered by the DDAs engineering wing,had gained the approval of the Lieutenant-Governor in 2004. The engineering wing had identified 74 locations across the Capital at the time.