MCD to build hi-tech public toilets

Monday, 20 December 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

With the aim to get the city into the top 50 cleanliest cities of Swachh Survekshan 2022 (SS22), the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) is gearing up to build Uttarakhand’s first three hi-tech public toilets. After making it to the top 100 cleanliest cities by achieving 82nd position in SS21, the officials are now working on attaining a place in the top 50. The availability of public toilets is one of the important components of SS22 but the city only has 46 toilets so far. The corporation is having issues in finding places to build more toilets and it also had to postpone its project of building pink toilets for women due to a lack of space in the required areas.

The officials said that the health section is working on finding space near places with the most footfalls and for now, the corporation has decided to build three hi-tech public toilets in the city. “We are considering constructing hi-tech toilets at three locations in Dehradun. These toilets are currently proposed to be built near Maharana Pratap Sports College in Raipur, Mussoorie diversion road and in the ISBT area. However, we are still looking for other locations and no site has been finalised yet,” stated the senior municipal health officer Dr RK Singh.

He said that besides having all the upgraded sanitation facilities, these toilets will have a waiting room where visitors, especially those who are in the city for only a few hours, can wait and take a shower along with using other facilities. This is the reason these toilets are proposed to be built in such locations where people visit frequently throughout the day. “We have prepared a detailed project report (DPR) and will send it to the state administration for approval by the end of this month,” added Singh.

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