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1700 Public Toilets to Make Bhubaneswar Cleaner

Sulabh International has agreed to complete the construction of the toilets within three months from the date of signing of the agreement.

After topping the list of proposed smart cities in India, Bhubaneswar is adding new feathers in its cap by taking up sanitation projects.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sulabh International, an organization promoting environment-friendly sanitation across the country, to construct 1,700 public toilets at selected places in Bhubaneswar.

According to sources close to the BMC, the toilets will be located at crowded places, which lack such facilities. Priority will be given to slum pockets.

According to Puspendra Singh Deo, housing and urban development minister, Sulabh International has agreed to complete the construction of the toilets within three months from the date of signing of the agreement. However, he says acquiring land for the purpose might be a challenge although the city has all the infrastructures required to carry out the project.

Even as Bhubaneswar was ranked the 1st city for the Smart Cities project recently, it slipped to 24th rank in cleanliness among the 73 cities rated under Swachh Sarvekshan (cleanliness survey) conducted by the Center.

However, it topped it eastern India. The city had also obtained less mark in the service category, such as provision of public and community toilets.

According to Srimanta Mishra, BMC deputy commissioner (projects), the Sulabh International will construct the toilets on Design Build Operate Maintain and Transfer (DBOT) basis. It will take up maintenance of the toilets for 10 years and then hand them over to the BMC.

Project Highlights

Size: The toilets will differ in size considering the requirement of a particular area. There will be a minimum of five and the maximum of ten rooms in the toilets.

Monthly Card: People will be given a monthly card to use the community toilets in slum areas.

Pay and Use: A family living in slum areas will be charged Rs 50 a month to use the toilets irrespective of the number of family members. For general public, it will be pay-and-use.

Moreover, the BMC will construct 63 more public toilets to check open urination. One urinal will be constructed for every 50 persons.

At present, the city has 22 public toilets while work on 27 toilets is underway. However, the work on 18 additional public toilets has been stalled due to growth of unauthorized structures at the selected sites.

Courtesy: Times of India

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