BENGALURU: Following a complaint filed by city-based lawyer Sudha Kattwa about the lack of proper toilet facilities at Metro stations in the city, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission visited some of the Metro stations recently to inspect the premises.
“We inspected MG Road, CMH Road-Indira Nagar and Byappanahalli stations. There are signboards directing commuters to toilets, but the toilets are located in a prohibited area and not for public use. They are meant for Metro employees. Moreover, there are no drinking water facilities too. This is a major cause for concern,” said C G Hungund, member of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.
He said, “We issued an order to BMRCL on December 2 to submit an Action Taken Report to the commission within six weeks from the date of receipt of the notice.
We are expecting the response from BMRCL by February 6.”
In addition, he said that he will also inspect the stations on the Malleswaram-Peenya Metro line in the next few days.
Sudha Kattwa had filed the complaint on November 14 after a trip from Malleswaram to Peenya, when she had trouble finding a washroom. She said, “I wanted to use the washroom and on not finding one, I asked one of the staffers for help. They told me rudely that there are no washrooms that commuters can use. This is a gross violation of human rights and women’s rights. So I decided to write to the Human Rights Commission.”