Majority of modular toilets across the city are locked, almost after 20 days of their inauguration. Patna mayor Sita Sahu and municipal commissioner Anupam kumar Suman had inaugurated around 60 modular toilets on 7th February as part of centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission.
Majority of those toilets lack proper water connection, sources said and added that a few were also closed out of fear of getting them dirty!
Patna Municipal Corporation, public relation officer (PRO) Harshita, however, claimed that all the modular toilets, except six or seven, were functional. “This issue that cropped up after the inauguration of modular toilets was of water connectivity. However, water has been made available to most of those toilets and they are functioning properly,” Harshita told a local news.
“Motors are being installed at all the modular toilets to ensure uninterrupted water supply. Once the motors are installed, the remaining toilets will also be opened for the public,” she said.
The PMC in September last had announced the installation of around 400 modular toilets across the city till March. The task has been assigned to two private firms under the corporate social responsibility. Each toilet is being built with funds to the tune of Rs.5 lakh.
PMC sources said modular toilets were being installed at strategic locations like Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan roundabout, Boring Road and Income Tax roundabout.
People are appreciating this move but have doubts about the plan’s success.