Coimbatore, Feb 6, 2012: While the city corporation is all set to embark on a total sanitation scheme with the construction of toilets in key areas in town, there are several portable toilets that have just been dumped near the main garbage yard, damaged and unattended. These toilets were bought using public money during the World Tamil Classical Conference.
This newspaper had previously reported about the portable toilets being dumped at the Vellalore dumping yard a few months ago. Consequently, the corporation installed a few of these toilets in select locations. However, many toilets still remain unused and rusting. Residents feel that the corporation must put the mobile toilets to use before constructing new ones.
The toilets were purchased in five categories. Eight grade I toilets were purchased for VIPs and delegates. Each toilet cost Rs 9,19,800, amounting to a total cost of Rs 73,58,400. Ten grade II toilets were purchased at Rs 6,36,600 each for a total cost of Rs 63,66,000.
Ten grade III toilets were purchased costing Rs 6,35,600 each at a total estimated cost of Rs 63,56,000. Twelve grade IV toilets were purchased for Rs 5,48,800 each at a total cost of Rs 65,85,600. Twenty grade V toilets were purchased at Rs 3,21,600 each, at a total cost of Rs 64,32,000.
The corporation has sent a proposal for the new sanitation scheme to the commissioner for municipal administration for approval. The purpose of the new scheme is to curb open defecation in urban areas. Field exercises have been done in all 100 wards to identify areas that require toilets, with the help of their health wing staff. Out of the 104 identified places that require toilets, the corporation has short listed 69 locations based on various factors, said a senior corporation official. Read More