Contrary to GHMC’s claim of taking the best sanitary measures to make the city and its outskirt areas free from open defecation and wayward urinating on roads, there are several instances that underline a wide gap between the civic bodies claim and the commitments.
What would be the best example than the situation in the Rajendranagar area where a number of public toilets are wallowing in a negligible state despite the fact that the area serves as a transit point to connect Hyderabad city from the rest of the southern states through the National Highway 44 and witnessed a large footfall of people from surrounding district.
Despite the works commenced almost 6 months ago, the public toilets in the Rajendranagar area not yet completed at several locations and remain laying in a semi-furnished state without serving the purpose of making the city free from open defecation and wayward urinating on the roads.
There were around 8 locations from Durga Nagar Cross Road Kattedan to Pillar No. 118 Attapur in Rajendranagar where different types of public toilets and SHE toilets were set up to facilitate people. However, all these toilets are wallowing in a negligible state as few of them were semi constructed and getting obsolete even before serving the public.
Locations like Aramghar Railway track, Aramghar Bus Stand, Pillar No.294 Shivrampally traffic signal, Pillar No. 258 Hassan Nagar Cross Road, Fish Building Suleman Nagar, Dairy Farm Cross Roads, D’Mart Upperpally, and Pillar No. 118 Attapur where these toilets are laying in pathetic condition.
“The situation remains the same ever since the GHMC elections were concluded almost six months ago. While the customized toilet boxes are posing merely as advertising boards on the way side of the roads the semi-furnished toilets crying for officials’ apathy,” said Kamelakar Jitendar, A resident of Attapur.
“It was when the GHMC mooted an idea for the first time to construct a skyway at Aramghar Cross roads earlier in the year 2020 with facilities like public toilets and SHE toilets on this busy stretch as the area provides a transit point for the people of surrounding districts to enter the city. However, barring few toilets in the area mainly from Durga Nagar Cross Road Kattedan to Pillar No. 118 Attapur, neither the skyway proposal was grounded so far nor the toilets were made open for public use,” rued Mujahid Mohiuddin Khudri, a community activist.
When contacted, the AMOH Padma did not respond to multiple calls as usual.