Bengaluru: Peeing in public places is a common sight in Bengaluru. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) wants to get rid of this image as it embarks on a project to build 416 public toilets across the City.
What’s more – the BBMP has also chalked out an ambitious plan to build 46 community toilet complexes too. Community toilets, which is likely to come up next to slums, will not only provide sanitation facility but they are also the tools for bringing about behavioral changes among the public about the importance of using toilets.
If the availability of land is not an issue, the BBMP hopes to construct one toilet every 5-6 km stretch.
Some of the public toilets will have a fancy design, possibly to attract people to use them. The design, officials said, is such that there will be equal to the standards of toilet constructed in the airport. The toilets will also be solar-powered. The treated sewage water will be used for cleaning and maintaining the toilets, the BBMP told reporters.
Community toilets are proposed in all zones except Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli. East and West Zones will get 10 and 15 such toilet complexes respectively. Other zones will have anywhere between 4 to 6 community toilets.
Currently, the City has over 613 public toilets. Most of them are located in South and East Bengaluru. The proposed toilets will come up across all the eight zones.
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A 2017 survey, conducted by a city-based NGO Janaagraha with the support from The Asia Foundation, had found that Bengaluru was short of more than 1,100 public toilet complexes. The team had studied the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Guidelines to arrive at the figure. As per the guidelines, issued by the Union Government, one toilet seat is prescribed for every 100 men and two per every 100 women.