Civic body plans to engage RWAs to keep toilets clean

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is coming up with an innovative method to provide clean toilets, making it economical as well as to attract investment in modernisation of toilet blocks in its area. The local civic body has decided to engage the RWAs and market associations in the operation and maintenance of the toilets of its area.

‘The corporation will bear half the cost of technology-driven user fee collection machines installed at toilet blocks. Further, SDMC will bear the entire cost of the water harvesting and recycling systems installed by the operators,’ said Rajesh Gehlot, Chairman of the Standing Committee of SDMC. ‘The corporation has planned to enter in an agreement with registered RWAs and market associations to operate and maintain its toilet blocks,’ added Gehlot.

According to the proposal, the concessionaire will work on no-profit, no -loss basis but can charge Rs 2 to Rs 5 per person for use of toilets, which will be used in paying the salary of staff, operation and maintenance.

The local civic body will also perform a one time works of these toilet complexes, including providing facilities for disabled persons and make them functional before handing over to the associations.

Further, the corporation also bear the entire cost of initial connections of utilities like water and power. These toilet blocks will be opened from 7 am to 10 pm for public use. The associations will be responsible for cleaning around 10 m area around the toilet complex but all the advertisement rights will be with the corporation.

The associations will have to maintain a down time register to record non-operative part of the toilet blocks. A management committee will be constituted for each toilet block in which corporation would nominate one member. The proposal will be put for discussion before standing committee on Tuesday.
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