Mumbai’s costliest public toilet: The costliest public toilet of the city will be opened at Marine Drive on October 1. The toilet has been constructed under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and it will be maintained and run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Constructed at a cost of Rs 94 lakh, the five-seat toilet structure is believed to be costliest in the city. According to a civic official, it has been set up opposite the Air India office along Marine Drive.
At present, there is no public toilet from Princess Street to National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and this toilet will be of great help to all, apart from joggers and cyclists.
Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of A Ward, said that the toilet has received all permissions to function. At present, any construction along Marine Drive requires permission from a committee formed by the Bombay High Court. The committee members are from the police, civic body and the heritage committee.
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Of the five seats in the toilet, two are for women. The toilet will require minimal water as it will work on vacuum. “This is the first vacuum toilet in the city and it will have solar panels on its roof,” said another civic official. He added that power generated from the solar panel will be used for the illuminating the structure.
Normally, cost of a public toilet depends upon on number of seats. “Every seat cost ranges from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh in public toilets,” said the official. But in the Marine Drive toilet, each seat cost around Rs 19 lakh.
Joggers as well as morning walkers have welcomed the move. “Though the toilet has been constructed under CSR, it was much needed,” said Amol Shah, a resident of Marine Drive. He added that several joggers and morning walkers have to go back home for nature’s call. A senior civic official said that the toilet will be inaugurated on October 1.
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- Of the five seats in the toilet, two are for women
- The toilet will require minimal water as it will work on vacuum
- A senior civic official said that the toilet will be inaugurated on Oct 1
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