Civic chief Ajoy Mehta had ordered an investigation all public toilets after two people were killed as the floor of a public toilet caved into the septic tank at a Chawl in Bhandup on April 28. The BMC had undertaken a structural audit of all public toilets in January.
After this incident, a structural audit of all public toilets across 24 wards was conducted and the civic body has so far audited those in 20 wards. As a result of re-audit, out of 934 public toilets, 383 have been classified as in dangerous condition. Most of these toilets have also been found to be dirty due to lack of regular cleaning.
Conceding that the number of hazardous toilets was high, an official from the Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan team said they would act as soon as the audit was complete. “We will submit the report to the concerned authorities and take appropriate measures on the priority basis,” the official said.
“To make sure the toilet structures are safe, we are conducting inspections at the ward level. The exercise is to make sure that nobody’s life is in jeopardy and prevent Bhandup-like incidents,” said a senior BMC official.
The wards where the audit is yet to be conducted are B(Sandhurst road, Mohammad Ali road Dongri and Nagpada), C (Chira Bazar, Kalbadevi, Zaveri Bazar and Pydhonie), E (Byculla)and G-south (Lower Parel, Elphinstone). The ward with the most number of dangerous toilets is M-west, with as many as 158 of them falling apart. Vishakha Raut, Shiv Sena group leader who had raised a point of order incorporation meeting by demanding an audit of toilets across the city, said the number has raised basic questions of cleanliness and sanitation in the city.
Repairment work starts from October
There are 1,415 public toilets in Mumbai and out of which 934 toilets have been inspected. Out of them, 383 toilets are found in the dangerous condition. These 383 toilets are coming under the ‘C-1’ which means these 383 toilets are in the hyper-dangerous category and all the toilets are being rebuilt by the corporation. The remaining 18 toilets need major changes and 102 toilets need minor changes. However, all these works will be undertaken from October.