The BMC’s plan to construct toilets around the city has run into troubled waters in the B ward, as residents around the area of a proposed toilet spot near Mohammad Ali Road have been protesting again
The BMC’s plan to construct toilets around the city has run into troubled waters in the B ward, as residents around the area of a proposed toilet spot near Mohammad Ali Road have been protesting against the construction of a toilet block there.
Civic officials of BMC’s B ward had planned to construct a toilet at Mohammad Ali Road, citing that it is a spot prone to open defecation, and that there is no toilet for upto 2.5 kilometres along the length of the road. However, this spot falls right outside police quarters near Mandvi post office and residents of the quarters have repeatedly thwarted the civic body’s attempts to even approach the area for a survey. They have cited health hazard that a public toilet in their vicinity may bring, as a reason for opposition.
Uday Shirurkar, assistant municipal commissioner of the B ward, said, “We need to construct that toilet on high priority. In fact it will benefit the locality, as seven toilet seats in the block will be reserved for women. We have issued a work order and had started work previously. But the residents called the police who took the labourers away. Now my workmen are scared to approach the area.”
But the residents have approached local corporator Waqarunnissa Ansari and MLA Ameen Patel, who intervened to stay the construction.
Mr Ansari said, “As always, the BMC will not be able to maintain the toilet, and the entire area will stink. There is an alternate spot in another electoral ward which is surrounded by a market and I have suggested the BMC to use it.”