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Civic body favours ‘Delhi model’ public toilets

The new toilets will also have an ATM and a cabin for medical check-up.M_Moorthy

With an aim to consolidate its position in the national-level Swachh Survekshan Ranking, Tiruchi City Corporation has planned to construct high-end toilet complexes replicating the ‘Delhi model’.

The user-friendly toilets made of quality composite materials and sufficient ventilation will feature ATM and a cabin for medical check-up. Tests for hypertension and diabetes will be conducted at nominal rates at the high-end toilets, Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran said.

A new modern toilet complex with five toilet seats each for men and women is coming up at Chathiram Bus Stand. The construction work will be over in 45 days. It is being constructed with with the general fund at an expenditure of Rs. 25 lakh.

Locations used as public urinals have been identified for establishing the convenience. The toilet complexes will be entrusted to private agencies for maintenance. They will be permitted to collect minimum charges and granted with advertisement rights for mobilising the money required for maintenance, Mr. Ravichandran said.

The City Corporation has prohibited open urination and has empowered officials to impose fines on those found to indulge in the act.

Earlier this year, the City Corporation entrusted State Bank of India with the rights to establish ATMs at 17 public toilets in lieu of monthly rent.

Medical tests are being undertaken at public toilets in some of the parks, including the Science Park at Thennur, Royal Poonga near Central Bus Stand, and the ones in Thillai Nagar and R.S.Puram, on every Sundays, Mr. Ravichandran said, adding that the basic tests will be conducted on a daily basis at the newly planned toilet complexes, Mr. Ravichandran said.


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