BMC to build multi-storeyed toilets across the city

The civic body to spend around ₹422 crore in the first phase for the construction and installation of around 14,000 toilet seats

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Considering the dearth of public toilets, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be building more toilets across the city. The civic body will spend around ₹422 crore in the first phase for the construction and installation of around 14,000 toilet seats. Likewise, another tender for 8,000 more toilet seats is in the pipeline.

As a part of the Swacch Bharat Mission, the civic body is planning to develop a total of 22,000 toilet seats. As part of this project, the civic body will redevelop the old and dilapidated public toilets while adding more seats to them.

These two to three-storeyed toilets will be built considering the needs of the physically-challenged users as well as children. Contractors will also have to undertake the maintenance of septic tanks every three months, for three years.

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The BMC has planned 7,200 toilet seats in the M East ward alone — including the Govandi and Mankhurd areas that have a large concentration of slums. The lowest number of toilet seats — 184 — will be built in A ward that includes Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Fort among other areas.

Vishvas Shankarwar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner of the Solid Waste Management Department said that the work is expected to be completed in nine months for toilets with less than 20 seats, and 12 months for anything beyond that.

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