To make the city more women-friendly,the civic administration has decided to provide better sanitation facilities for women.
After 39 womens welfare groups demanded that the city needs clean and hygienic toilet facilities for women,the civic administration has planned to set up a committee comprising welfare organisations and civic officials to survey the need for toilets for women in each ward.
The civic body has also planned to build 4,200 toilet seats in the city in a year,of which over 1,000 will be for women. We will survey localities with need of women toilets. And as per the requirement we will decide the numbers and the location of toilets in each ward, said Rahul Shewale,Standing Committee chairman.
Officials from the solid waste management department said the city needs at least 34,000 additional public toilet seats while currently there are only about 10,500 in 1,755 public toilets.
The toilets that will be built for women will have dustbins,sanitary napkins and condoms, said a civic official.
The women welfare groups have also asked for a public toilet every 2 km. The BMC is also planning to build dedicated toilets for women. From next year,we are planning to build at least 5,000 public toilet seats in the city every year, said Shewale.