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Public toilets for women: HC sets May 25 deadline for civic bodies

The High Court had in December directed all municipal corporations to come out with a solution.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
April 22, 2015 12:49:03 am
Bomaby high court, mumbai open sanitation, mumbai toilets, mumbai public toilets The division bench of Justices A S Oka and C V Bhadang was hearing a public interest litigation which highlights the lack of toilets/urinals for women in public places, especially the streets.

Giving a last chance to municipal corporations in the state to evolve a scheme for providing public toilets for women, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday said that they would not grant the civic bodies any more time.

Justices A S Oka and C V Badang were hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) to provide restrooms at convenient locations for women and maintain them properly in the Pune Municipal Corporation area. The HC later asked all municipal corporations to follow the Pune Municipal Corporation model.The petitioners work for a Pune-based monthly periodical Milun Saryajani. “Except for Mumbai, Amravati and Nagpur, no other affidavit has been filed by other corporations marking out steps taken in compliance of our earlier directions. The three corporations, which have filed their affidavits, have taken several steps, but the scheme has not been evolved. As a last chance, we extend time till May 25 for filing of affidavits, but no further time shall be granted after this,” said the HC.


Mumbai, Amravati and Nagpur stated that their schemes were yet to be finalised and sought more time for the same. “You will have to come up with a scheme,” observed the court.

In an earlier hearing, the court had emphasisied on providing easy and accessible toilet facilities and washrooms for women and had asked the corporations to file their affidavits.

“The petitioner has raised an important issue by filing the PIL of providing essential facilities for a woman walking on the streets,’’ the court had said, noting that such facilities are not available to women. The court had further stated that municipal authorities are under obligation to provide such facilities on the side of various main roads for women walking on the streets.


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