Soon, waterless urinals in North MCD areas
Waterless urinals, a project of the erstwhile MCD which was supposed to be operational before the Commonwealth Games, is likely to materialise as one of the Corporation — North MCD — has announced to revive the project in its area. The Corporation, which has passed a proposal in this regard, has said that it will open as many as 338 waterless urinals which were constructed before the Commonwealth Games but were defunct since then. Besides this, the Corporation has also decided to run the only High-End toilet falling in Model Town area which is now defunct.
According to the officials of the North Corporation, it has been decided to engage private companies for the upkeep and maintenance of the urinals in lieu of advertisement rights. The company will be engaged for a period of three years through e-auction. A provision has also been made for extension of the contract period for two years with 10 per cent enhancement. As the proposal has been approved by the Standing Committee, the concerned department of the civic body has announced to invite bids in the next couple of weeks.
“Though the agency constructed waterless urinals to facilitate people, it failed to serve the purpose. The structures have been gathering dust since their construction hence, we have decided to make them operational. It will also help in augmenting revenue of the cash-strapped North MCD,” said Pravesh Wahi, Chairman, Standing Committee.
Notably, the unified Corporation had decided to construct a total of 800 waterless urinals on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model across the national Capital. The structures were completed before the games and were made operational by two private companies for a few months but complaints of ill-maintenance were reported from majority of the facilities and later the civic bodies decided to take over their possession.
The Corporations first decided to make the urinals operational by converting them from waterless to conventional but the idea went down the drain. There are 200 water urinals under the limits of SDMC, 338 under the North MCD and 285 under the EDMC.