150 more places in Chennai to get public toilets – The New Indian Express

Express press service

CHENNAI: The municipal corporation is seeking to boost public toilet infrastructure in the city with the project to build toilets in at least 150 locations, at a cost of Rs 13-22 lakh each depending on the number of seats.

According to senior company officials, the toilets will have a more spacious design compared to the existing ones and will also focus on the user-friendliness factor to encourage people to use public toilets. All toilets will have separate seats for the disabled.

“We now have a different design that will keep usability in mind. The toilets we have now were built over a period of time and some of them lack sinks and urinals, which many people prefer , especially in the men’s washrooms. We will ensure these needs are met,” said a senior company official.

The identification of localities for toilets was carried out by zonal teams on the basis of two factors – where people tend to congregate, according to the proximity of bus stops and train stations and the availability of land the closer.

Toilets should go up Jawaharlal Nehru Street in Koyambedu, Vadapalani Bus Depot, Salai Railway Border in Mambalam, 100ft Road in Ashok Nagar, Sardar Patel, near Saidapet Court and near Gandhi Mandapam , among others.

“Finding plots of land close to areas where people congregate and where there is a need was one of the challenges of this exercise,” a company official said. Apart from this, the municipality is also looking to demolish and rebuild toilets in disrepair.

Operation and maintenance of toilets in three areas to be privatized: To ensure regular maintenance of public toilets, the municipality is planning to privatize the operation and maintenance of toilets in Royapuram, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar and parts of Teynampet. Senior company officials said an announcement would be made shortly.

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