Community toilet perishes in regime of civic neglect at Diaryfarm

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
23 Mar 2017

While the local government is striving to implement the Swachh Bharat Mission launched by the Modi-government in 2014, a wasted community facility in Dairfarm exposes the lackadaisical  approach of the civic body towards ensuring adequate public toilets in densely populated areas in the city. The Community Toilet at Japan Road, Dairyfarm under Ward No. 15 benefited a sizable population in the area after its launch around a decade ago. Today, the facility is a deserted structure for want of some minor repairs.
According to reports, the Community Toilet at Japan Road has several lavatories, urinals including bath facilities for both men and women and served a sizable population in the thickly populated Dairyfarm region where many households lack individual toilets. After an accident around seven years ago, the civic body has completely disowned its responsibility to ensure proper maintenance of the civic toilet. A building near the community toilet collapsed during heavy rains damaging the pipeline network, bathroom fittings, walls and water tank of the structure. But no Councilor of the Municipal Council from either the then Congress rule or the present BJP came forward with a proposal for repair of the structure for the benefit of the population. Even requests to the Member of Parliament, ex-officio member of Port Blair Municipal Council, have proved futile.
“All we’ve received for the past several years is fake assurances from the authorities in the Port Blair Municipal Council. There are around six lavatories each for men and women, besides urinals and bathroom in this massive Public Toilet Complex all of which are now defunct because of non-availability of the facility, people are forced to urinate on the roadside. The Japan road locality witnesses frequent brawls among residents after one finds the other urinating in front of his house. While on one hand the central government has spearheaded the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan', on the other, such unhygienic conditions prevail here. Just for want of minor repairs, the facility has been laid-off for the past several years. The authorities in the Council should take a strong note of the situation and initiate necessary steps to press the facility into service of the community at the earliest,” demanded some Japan road residents.