Public toilets: A big city with less facility

KARACHI: Just consider you are away from your home and you desperately get call of nature while in public and you do not find a toilet or a proper one.

Karachi is in dire need of public toilets to stop walls from reeking of urine and for the good public health. Women, children, old and disabled persons specially have to face severe trouble in need of defecating, while away from home, and stopping it can have disastrous effect on physical and mental health of a person.

Internationally, the facility of public loo is considered crucial in a society and there are certain standards which are followed while establishing this facility. However, the biggest city and economical hub of our country seems unofficially devoid of it.

It has been more than one and a half year when the city administration launched a public toilet campaign and could not extend it out of commissioner house. Not even Karachi Metropolitan Corporation offices at Civic Center have working janitorial system for maintaining toilets where walls are suffused with red matter of gutka.

Director Planning, Development and Environment Commissioner Karachi Syed Muhammed Shakib said beautiful and maintained toilets could change the image of the city.

The project of public toilets is in the cards. Locations have been identified for two hundred plus toilets at different locations of the city. Now all exchequers of the government have to agree to establish the toilets, he said.

Deputy Director Town Planning Sindh Building Control Authority Muhammed Zia told PPI that no law existed in the metropolis bounding markets to have toilets; however, the master plan book of SBCA recommends that every 3000 sq ft of a market or commercial areas should have three WC, one for ladies, plus one urine and a washbasin.

Women especially have to face trouble because of absence of clean separate washrooms. This is hold on is likely to result in urine and pathogen retention, and bladder distension increasing the propensity for continence problems. The elderly and people with disabilities may simply not go out for fear of there being no toilet when they need one.

Secretary General Pakistan Medical Association Dr Mirza Ali Azhar said: you do not have control over natural system and not addressing call of nature would physically and psychologically disturb you by starting revert system. Stopping excretion for long would upset urine bladder and kidneys by backpressure.

He said restrooms were a societal need and neat and clean toilets would tell how civilized the society was. Untidy washrooms and decaying structure of a few existing public toilets would bar you from entering one.

According to an international news agency report: A city council in western India is planning to pay residents to use public toilets in a desperate attempt to stop legions of people urinating and defecating in public.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided to give residents one rupee a visit in a bid to draw them into its 300 public toilets and away from open areas and public walls.

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