The Corporation has outlined a proposal to build good-quality public toilets.
What’s it about? Over the years, the Corporation’s attempts to build hygienic toilets have failed due to poor maintenance and vandalism. Now, it plans to spend ₹430 crores to build toilets across 372 locations through a public-private partnership model. So far, three contractors are interested in the project, and tenders have been called.
- The work by the contractors will be judged based on 26 indicators. The indicators include cleanliness, availability of mirrors, soap, dispensers, sanitary napkins vending machines, etc.
- A third party will evaluate their performance along with the Corporation’s health staff. Royapuram and Thiruvika Nagar will be the pilot locations.
Response: Anti-corruption NGO Arappor Iyakkam’s convenor Jayaram Venkatesan said it’s an important move but the toilets should be permanent structures and properly maintained.