Mumbai: Even though the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is touting its initiative for Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan, the corporation is unwilling to maintain toilets constructed by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority.
In a recently held meeting of Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick and the authorities, it was decided that the BMC will be handed over the maintenance of nearly 7000 MHADA toilets located across the city. Sources in the MHADA confirmed that they have been requesting the corporation since past one year to take over the maintenance of the toilets, however, they were unwilling.
“We construct toilets in the slum, however, most of them lack the basic facilities like electricity and water which are provided by BMC. Sadly, there are many toilets that still do not have electricity and water connections and need proper sanitation. We had requested the BMC to take over the maintenance of these toilets, however, they were disinterested,” the source said. Vijay Balamvar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Solid Waste Management), was unavailable for a comment.
After taking over all MHADA toilets, the BMC will have to maintain nearly 80, 000 toilet seats. A senior MHADA official said that more than 2000 toilet seats from Sion Koliwada, Sewri, Mulund and Ghatkopar are already being maintained by the corporation. “It is BMC’s duty to provide the basic facilities to these toilets. We have received a very good response from slum dwellers for the proper construction of these toilets however they are unhappy with lack of facilities.” MHADA builds community toilets for slums using MP and MLA funds. However, the BMC has to be kept in the loop in order to acquire No Objection Certificates.