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PWD plans construction of toilet blocks along state and district roads

Thursday, June 14, 2018
By Prashant Hamine

Taking note of high volumes of people traveling on major state and District roads, the state Public Works Department (PWD) has come up with a policy of constructing public conveniences and toilet blocks on lands owned by it along these roads. The policy permits the Centers Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), private companies, private individuals, banks, financial institutions and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to construct public conveniences and toilet blocks on lands owned by the PWD. The toilet blocks will be built at a distance of every 100 km along the major state and District roads. The toilet blocks will also include stall areas run by women's Self-Help Groups (SHG) and voluntary organisations.

In a Government Resolution (GR) issued on June 6, the PWD stated that besides the common people, women in particular do not have access to public toilets while traveling on the roads. The policy also takes note of the 'Right To Pee' movement launched by women's activist groups. The GR states that several Central PSUs, private companies, banks, financial institutions, NGOs and others have shown keen interest in constructing public conveniences and toilet blocks through their own funds along the state and District roads.

The institutions that desire to construct the toilet blocks, will construct five urinals each, for men and women, and two toilet blocks. They will also have to construct a small stall which can be given to women's SHGs and voluntary organisations to operate. The toilet blocks will have to adhere to all specifications, like they having bio-digesters and septic tanks, along with other facilities. The toilet blocks will be owned by the PWD.

As per the policy guidelines, those institutions constructing the toilet blocks should ensure that the toilet blocks do not create any obstructions and have enough parking space. Those constructing the toilet blocks can be contracted for a 10 year period to maintain them. If the institutions do not want to undertake the maintenance of the toilet blocks they can construct them and hand it over to the PWD. Those constructing the toilet blocks will also have to provide for water connections and power supply. For supply of water and electricity, the institutions should give preference to digging of borewells and installation of solar panels for power generation.

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