Gurgaon, May 10, 2012: On the one hand, Gurgaon has the highest internet penetration in India, while on the other hand, as many as 15% households lack basic sanitation facilities like toilet.
Out of 3,20,642 houses that were enumerated during census, only 2,71,169 have toilets. The Census 2011 report has revealed that 49,473 households in Gurgaon don't have access to toilets.
While in the urban areas over 19,214 households don't have toilets, 30,259 households lack basic sanitation facilities in rural areas.
The shocking figures are a pointer to the failure of the state government's effort to provide basic facilities in villages and urban areas.
According to the census report, 29,993 households, about 9%, don't have bathrooms. The occupants from these houses bathe in the open leading to a health crisis and land pollution. The data further reveals that in urban Gurgaon, 14,629 households lack bathrooms while the corresponding figures in the rural region is 5,304.
To provide toilet facility to everyone, the city administration has announced schemes like mobile toilets. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has tied up with a private firm to maintain mobile toilets in the city and has plans to reach out to the rural areas in the district.
HUDA has already installed six such toilets near IFFCO Chowk. The firm will supply 400 such toilets in next two months. Senior HUDA officials claimed that mobile toilets would be made available at all major crossings, parks, government institutions, markets and slums. The firm will be paid Rs 38,000 for maintenance of these toilets.
In the neighbouring district of Faridabad things are even worse with as many as 39,254 households lacking bathrooms. As per the data, 25,793 households in urban and 13,461 households in rural areas are without bathrooms. Similarly, in Faridabad 56,667 households lack toilets which is around 16 % of the total households 353066. (Source: Yogesh Kumar, TNN- The Times of India)