A DAY after female activists of the ‘Right to Pee’ campaign returned their mayor award protesting against the BMC’s inaction towards improving the condition of sanitation for women in the city, a heated discussion on the same ensued in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday.
Corporators from different parties blamed the civic administration and demanded an inquiry into the alleged failure to improve the sanitation facilities for women in the city.
Samajwadi Party corporator Rais Shaikh raised a point of order during the meeting claiming that the allocation of Rs 5 crore for the campaign in last year’s budget has not been used.
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“The funds have now lapsed since the BMC failed to utilise the funds that were allotted to the campaign. There should be an inquiry to find out why the plans were not implemented,” said Shaikh.
Supporting his point, corporators like Shiv Sena’s Trushna Vishwasrao pointed out that there is no access to a toilet for long stretches in the city. “There is no toilet in the eastern and western highways and the administration should set up bio-toilets as an essential amenity,” she said.
Rubbishing their claims, Additional Municipal Commissioner Pallavi Darade stated that several toilets are present on the highway while others are in the process of being completed.
“Though there are gaps in the process, there are total six on the Western Express Highway, of which two are in process. There are five on the Eastern Express Highway, of which one is completed and the Public Works Department is yet to issue an NOC for the rest,” said Darade. She added that of the 90,000 existing toilets, 3,164 are for women.