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One Vip Toilet In Each Ward, But Who Will Maintain Them? | Pune News

PUNE: Work on building at least one plush toilet in each civic ward of the city has begun.
These toilets identified as VIP or ‘aspirational’ are expected to redefine the concept of public washrooms in the city.
Each ‘aspirational’ toilet block at a cost of Rs 36 lakh will have touchless flushing, breastfeeding chambers and automatic sanitary napkin incinerators.
Pune Municipal Corporation has started work at eight locations and expects to make the toilets available for use in three months.
In all, 15 such toilet blocks will be built, one in each civic ward. These will be in addition to the 1,200 public toilets at present.
“There will be one VIP toilet in each ward of the city and access will be from the main road on major streets. We will also be installing solar panels on the roof of the toilet block,” a PMC official, who is part of the solid waste management team, said.
Each block will have four units for men, four for women, one for the transgender community and one for those with disabilities.
The estimated cost of the entire VIP toilets project is about Rs 5 crore.
“Most public toilets in the city are in a pathetic condition. They always stink and their maintenance is a problem. These VIP toilets sound good, but they have to be maintained,” autorickshaw driver Manoj Prasad said.
Civic officials have yet to decide whether these toilets will operate on pay-and-use basis.
“We will be allocating some space near the entrance for an ATM and also give space for advertisements. These will help generate revenue for the maintenance of these toilets. We will gauge the public response and then take a call on whether the facility should be a paid one,” a PMC official said.
Considering the unhygienic conditions of existing public toilets at present, residents said they could pay a nominal amount if the toilets are clean.
“In some toilets, faucets are broken and some don’t even have water at times,” delivery boy Ramesh Naik said.
The aspirational toilet project will be funded both by the state government and the PMC. “The location of the remaining seven aspirational toilets is being finalised,” the PMC official said.
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