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Friday, 26 December 2014

CMC to set up 32 disabled-friendly toilets in Cuttack

The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has proposed to establish as many as 32 disabled-friendly toilets across the city. The toilets will be equipped with railings, ramps and proper flooring.

This is the condition of most public toilets in Cuttack
            This is the condition of most public toilets in Cuttack 

There are only few  public toilets for disabled people in the city. The proposed disabled-friendly toilets would be set up near Link Road, Madhuptana, Buxi Bazaar, Choudhary Bazaar, College square and near some slums.

The CMC has entrusted the task of constructing the toilets to National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC).

“The toilets will be designed keeping in mind the needs of the visually impaired and wheelchair-bound persons. The entrances will be wider (around 4ft) and railings will be fitted to it. ,” said a CMC official.

“Special guiding tiles will be used on the floor for the convenience of the visually impaired people,” he added.

The toilets would be built at a cost of Rs 7.65 crore which will be jointly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Rs 2.21 crore), state government (Rs 4 crore) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Rs 1.44 crore).

“NBCC will start construction of the toilets in January and complete the project in six months,” said Gyana Ranjan Das, CMC commissioner.

At present, Cuttack has 57 public toilets for a population of over six lakh but owing to lack of maintenance, most of the toilets are in a dilapidated condition.

Source: I am in DNA of Cuttack, 22nd Dec 2014

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