A ten-year-old boy, Akash Singh, died on Wednesday night due to an explosion in the septic tank of a public toilet at Lokmanya Nagar in Thane. The explosion happened as the septic tank had not been cleaned in a long time.
Officials from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had a meeting about the incident on Thursday.
A TMC official said on the condition of anonymity, “We had originally built the toilets far from the slum settlements, but now the encroachments have grown and spread around the toilets. There is no way for any vehicle to go and use suction to clean the septic tanks. There was probably a rock or some hard material stuck creating a blockage in the pipe and that must have led to the explosion.”
He said that there are several such slum areas where the TMC now has no vehicular access to the toilets.
“The meeting today was to assess the situation and figure out how the TMC can routinely clean all such toilets using the best possible techniques to avoid the recurrence of such an incident,” he added.