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BMC to take up survey of public toilets in city

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    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bmc-to-take-up-survey-of-public-toilets-in-city/1076717/0 BMC to take up survey of public toilets in city Sharvari Patwa :
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 19, 2013
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      BMC to take up survey of public toilets in city

      Sharvari Patwa : Wed Feb 20 2013, 01:47 hrs

      More than 12 years after it undertook a survey of the city's toilets, the
      civic administration will once again map all toilets across the city. The
      BMC will conduct an extensive survey and map all public toilets for both
      male and female people across locations including all slums in the city.
      "There is no comprehensive data of public toilets in the city. There is an
      urgent need for more toilets but one needs to undertake a gap analysis to
      plan further," said Rajiv Jalota, BMC additional municipal commissioner.

      A senior official from the solid waste department said there are nearly
      4,500 toilets in the city, of which 65-70 per cent are for men and the
      remaining for women.

      The civic body will also focus on collecting data regarding the number of
      toilets available along the railway stations and railway lines. "Open
      defecation is common outside railway stations and along railway tracks,"
      said an official, adding that slum population living along the tracks and
      commuters, too, use the open space for urination.

      To assess the need for sanitation, the civic body will also survey
      properties of other public agencies such as MHADA, SRA, MMRDA and PWD among
      others to account of the public toilets in their area. A senior civic
      official said, "We will also survey the Eastern and Western Express Highways
      to find spots where sanitation facilities are needed."

      Though the survey will initially be undertaken by ward-level officials in
      each area, all the data will later be mapped out using geographic
      information system (GIS).

      "The information will be transferred to a computer software by plotting it
      on a map with GIS coordinates, giving the geographical detail and additional
      information about the structure and nearby landmarks," said an official.
      "Through this technique, one can also gauge the need for public toilets
      around a specific area in case there are schools and colleges or commercial
      complexes nearby," he added.

      In 2001, a city-wide survey of public toilets had found that over 200 of the
      city's 1,435 slums have no toilet facilities on their premises. It had been
      estimated that more than 10 lakh people lived in slums during that period.

      The survey had also found a need for more than 64,000 toilet seats with slum
      sanitation highly inadequate for the slum residents. The study by the civic
      body had put the average ratio of persons per toilet in the city's slums at
      81:1 with some wards such as Fort, Colaba, Pydhonie, Byculla, Parel having a
      staggering ratio of one toiletseat for 273 persons.

      According to a World Bank survey on sanitation in 2001, around five per cent
      of population, mainly women and children, had to defecate openly. The
      proportion has gradually increased. According to a 2006 World Bank document,
      Partnering with Slum Communities for Sustainable Sanitation in a
      Megalopolis, 20 per cent of all slumdwellers now defecate in the open.
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