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RIGHT TO PEE – Lack of public toilets plagues Sarafa

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Sarafa Bazaar is one of the biggest jewelry markets in the country and it is known for its evening food market, which serves the foodies till late night. This market conducts business worth hundreds of crores everyday and thousands of people visit the market as well.

Sarafa Bazaar is also connected to Marothiya Bazaar, Kasera Bazaar, Cloth Market and other traditional markets of the city, which increased the footfall.

But, the only problem people face here, apart from parking, is where to rush at the time of emergency (nature’s call). Lack of public toilet compounds problem of people and many of them can be seen asking for place to go from the shopkeepers, usually.


Despite an important market in the city, it boasts of one public toilet near Sarafa police station, which remains blocked by illegally parked vehicles.

“We have a single public toilet in the market and it is a tough task to use it as you have to find out space first to reach there,” shopkeeper Mahesh Choradiya said.

He further said that men can adjust going there but it becomes an ordeal for women to reach there and relief themselves.

Lack of public toilets also irks jewelers too who lodged several complaints with civic authority but in vain.

“We have requested the civic body to set up more toilets in the market but no action has been taken yet. We will raise the issue again as it is necessary for one and all,” trader Kailash Chandra Jain said.

Women employees in the market also raise the same issue and many of the jewellers have established toilets in their premises to facilitate customers but they couldn’t fulfill the need of public toilets.

“Toilets are necessary and the civic body should develop before planning any project. People face trouble many times in public places due to lack of toilets.”

Nidhi Dixit, Student

“I have faced problem many times in the city due to lack of public toilets. Civic body must act on it immediately.”

Vivek Wagh, Assistant Director

“Development of any city is measured by the facilities provided to its citizens. Public toilet is a basic need and government must provide it anyhow.”

Sumit Rawal, Astrologer