Saturday, October 16, 2010

Only 600 public toilets in Chennai

Chennai city has only 600 public toilets! With each of the 10 zones supporting a population of around 4 lakh this is disturbing, say a few young, urban planners who are out to make public information available to the common man through "This means that many in the city don't have access to sanitation. We also found that the location of the toilets had very little relationship to slums in the area, residents of which would be most likely to use them. In one area we found many on the main road, of course they could be where slums existed earlier. But we also found that several were not used everyday," said project lead of Transparent Chennai Nithya V Raman, who did her Masters in city planning from MIT, US. It found that while some zones had 100 toilets, others had barely 20. It also noticed discrepancies in keeping records of such data. Enquiries with the corporation revealed there were 20 toilets in Zone 4, comprising the areas between Villivakkam, Ayanavaram, Sembium and Perambur, whereas a RTI application disclosed 40 toilets.

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