HC issues notice to MCD over sad state of public toilets in Capital

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New Delhi, Aug 27 (UNI) Delhi High Court today issued notices to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi(MCD) directing it to improve the pathetic state of public toilets in Delhi and file a report on the action taken within four weeks.

Taking action on a survey report filed by a college student Shahana Sheikh and a lawyer Ashok Aggarwal, elaborating the pathetic conditions of public toilets in Delhi, Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Murlidhar lashed out at the civic agencies and ordered them to go through the report and mend the system forthwith.

Shahana Sheikh, a student of Lady Shriram College, had conducted a survey of slums in Delhi and found that there was hardly any toilet which was usable. All the toilets were stinking and were in dilapidated state.

According to the survey, there are about 1,534 toilets in the national Capital, but none of them is in a usable state. The doors of some toilets are broken, while there is no water in others and in some, water keeps overflowing because there are no taps to control it.

According to the survey report, in Sanjay Colony (near Okhla), there are only 14-16 toilets for a population of 40,000 people. In Kusumpur, Vasant Vihar area, there are only 30 toilets as against a population of 30,000 people. Similarly, Rajive Camp (Trans Yamuna) has 15 toilets for a population of 3000 people and Madanpur Khadar has 302 as against 1,50,000 people.

The High Court directed the MCD to consider the report and improve the conditions of the toilets as per the guidelines laid down by them earlier.


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