Taking note of a report filed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) about the condition of public toilets in the capital,the Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the civic agencies to take up maintenance of those facilities used by by women and disabled persons.
The High Court bench of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru,which has been monitoring the issue of public sanitation since 1998 after a PIL was filed by advocate Ashok Aggarwal,said according to the report,public toilets in Delhi,whether under the control of the municipal corporations,NDMC or the Delhi Cantonment Board,were largely in a deplorable condition.
The public toilets outsourced by the corporations are being maintained properly but need better coordination to ensure better maintenance, the report said.
The report further alleges that as verification was carried out after informing sanitary inspectors,most of the toilets were found clean, adding that the local residents had informed the CPCB inspection teams that cleaning and maintenance was not a regular practice.
The CPCB had conducted a random inspection of 897 toilet blocks in various parts of the city during May-July 2013 as per the directions of the High Court.
Most of the Community toilet complexes and toilet blocks were meant for the use of those living in resettlement or jhuggi colonies. However,the public toilet blocks in many areas were found to be charging a fee from users,rendering them inaccessible to their target users.