Staff Reporter :
Rs 5 crore from special fund of Mayor to be used for the purpose, informs Sandip Joshi
Mayor Sandip Joshi announced that public toilets would be constructed across city at cost of Rs five crore using special fund of Mayor costing Rs five crore. He made the announcement during a programme held with NGOs on lawns of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Central Office in Civil Lines on Sunday morning. The representatives of various NGOs pointed out inconvenience faced by womenfolk while moving around in public places, mainly markets, owing to absence of wash rooms.
If facility like Sulabh Sauchalaya is constructed exclusively for women then it would ensure gender equality in true sense. Addressing the gathering, Joshi said participation of local population in development of city is must. Nearly 300 representatives of 200 NGOs participated in the programme ‘Breakfast with Mayor’ where latter elaborated on the need for reaching out to people. He further said suggestions are invited from citizens and for this boxes are installed at 100 places in city and later on December 12 a redressal camp of complaints of citizens would be held.
Based on the suggestions from citizens a blue print of development of Nagpur would be prepared. Harjitsingh Bagga of Ramdaspeth Plot Owners Association raised the issue of stray dogs that is posing dangers during night time to citizens. Kaustubh Chatterjee of Green Vigil Foundation demanded against persons, agencies that are pinning advertisement boards on tree trunks. Chatterjee also demanded taking up project of treating and reusing grey water at household. The water used in kitchen and bathroom can be recycled and put to non potable use. He made one radical suggestions about banning use of flush in latrines saying it would save 30 litres during a day at one household. Similarly, water from sewage treatment plant at Bhandewadi should be used for dousing flames that occasionally broke out in garbage dump.
Vivek Ranade of CAG, Dharampeth, raised the issue of car parking on small lanes in busy market places. He suggested that if such vehicles are parked from 2 to 6 am then fine be imposed on owners since such vehicles cause problem for sweepers. Sharad Patil of Janmanch, Manik Dhone of JCI, Gajanan Pande of Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat, J P Sharma of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association, and representatives of many other organisation promised to work in association with NMC to tide over difficulties. Mayor further informed that gathering that issue of footpath was widely discussed during the meetings held at 10 Zones and a sum of Rs 6 crore is being provided for repair, maintenance, and other sundry items. Also a meeting of fuel outlets in city is convened on December 6 and they would be told to provide facility of washroom for ladies.
This can ensure 100 washroom at major road stretches for all in one go. Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said that administration takes notes of each and every complaint and tries to resolve them. However NMC has to act with stipulated rules and regulations of State Government. But NMC is bound to provide services that would satisfy citizens and welcomed suggestions on Health and Education sector. Joshi said all the promises made to citizens would be implemented rapidly and said they would meet against on March 1 by which time changes would be visible in city.
Suggestions made by citizens
Each household should adopt 10 feet public place in front of their houses and ensure it is kept clean n Vigilance Committees be set up through NMC to prevent atrocities on girl students
To promote usage of public transport, all parking places on Metro Corridor should be shifted elsewhere
Encroachments on auto deal and other shopkeepers on Central Avenue should be removed immediately
Water bodies in city should be conserved n Separate toilets should be raised for third gender