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In a novel method to generate income from sanitary complexes, Trichy Corporation has planned to set up exclusive rental spaces for automated teller machines (ATM) in about 18 public and community toilet complexes spread across four zones of the city. For this, the civic body has floated a tender for building ATM rooms in 18 sanitary complexes across the city including Srirangam, Ariyamangalam, and Ponmalai at an estimated cost of Rs 63.9 lakh from the corporation's general fund.
Corporation sources said the ATM rooms in sanitary complexes would be constructed within a month and the facility is likely to be used for dispensing cash by December end. With the rent collected from banks for operating the ATMs, the corporation would meet the expenses involved in operating and maintaining the public and community toilets.
Having been conferred the open defecation free (ODF) city status earlier in December 2016 by the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA), the urban local body (ULB) has 312 public toilets, 86 sanitary complexes and 19 pay-and-use toilets. As the MoHUA has been expecting innovative methods from the ULBs to monetise the available resources and as well as ensuring best sanitary practices in city limits at the same time, Trichy Corporation recently floated an idea to utilise the available spaces in sanitary complexes for commercial activities.

As part of the plan, the civic body in a preliminary move has identified space in about 18 sanitary complexes spread across the city that were found viable to be rented for ATM operations. Available spaces in the identified public and community toilets would be provided with adequate facilities exclusively for operating ATMs, city corporation said and added that the banking sector would be consulted while earmarking spaces in proposed sites.
"We will provide the infrastructure for operating ATMs, interested banks can utilise the facility on a rental basis. Only viable spots are selected for building ATM rooms so that we can generate revenue from available yet vacant spaces," corporation commissioner N Ravichandran told TOI.
"Besides generating revenue for the civic body, the initiative also recognises sanitary complexes as a pivotal infrastructure in the city. The stigma about public toilets would gradually fade away," commissioner said.
As the innovative efforts taken by the civic body to monetise available land in public toilets garners about 56 marks out of total 4,000 in the ensuing Swachh Survekshan 2018, a pan-India cleanliness survey, the civic body said that revenue generation move would also improve the ranking of the city that was placed as sixth cleanest city in last year's survey.

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