STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

150 ‘She ’ toilets to be constructed in Chennai with Nirbhaya funds

The idea is to make women feel safe and comfortable in using public toilets, says official

Published: 18th December 2019 06:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2019 06:43 AM   |  A+A-

An e-toilet near Quaid-E-Millath college | Express

Express News Service

CHENNAI: In a move to ensure safety of women, Greater Chennai Corporation has floated tenders to construct 150 ‘SHE’ toilets under the Nirbhaya Scheme. SHE toilets are to be constructed in ‘safe zone clusters’ (SZC) and busy places earmarked by the civic body through Geographic Information Mapping. Though this project was not taken up for more than a year, officials said the delay was due to earmarking spaces. The places have been finalised now. ‘’This  is the first phase and will be expanded to 500 toilets at a total cost of `27 crores next year in two phases. The tenders contract is for three years,’’ said a top official with Corporation’s works department. 

The SHE toilets are part of an umbrella project by Tamil Nadu government under Nirbhaya funds to promote safety of women in public places. Under this, women-only MTC buses, Amma Patrol cars,  surveillance cameras, street lights and mobile app are the other projects. ‘’The idea is to make women feel safe and comfortable in using public toilets. The dedicated e-toilet for them in busy places may be a welcome change,’’ the official said adding that as a whole, it may change the perception of public toilets among women.

Some of the locations where these toilets are to come up are near Central, Egmore Railway Stations and Parrys bus stand.  The women-only toilets are set to share similar features as the current e-toilets in the city. ‘’Both are more or less similar in size and it will have auto-flush which is connected to a tank on the side or rear with a capacity of 200 litres,’’ the official said. They will function 24*7, maintained properly.
On the flip side, e-toilets in the city have been a big failure. The city currently has 221 e-toilets and 138 rental toilets, but most of them are dysfunctional and closed due to lack of  maintenance.  

During 2019 summer, water supply to these toilets was scanty, resulting in neglect. Since then, the civic body forgot the existing toilets.In some places such as Royapuram, even garbage was dumped inside the unused e-toilets. With these existing challenges, it has to be seen how the civic body will maintain the women-only toilets. When queried about the same, officials did not have a plan.‘For the new ones, we will deploy dedicated sanitary workers to maintain it,’’ the official said. 

will this work?
Most e-toilets dysfunctional 
150 women-only toilets to come up  by 2020
Totally, 500 women-only toilets planned under Nirbhaya Scheme



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp