Lack of proper public toilet system puts residents in discomfort
From a Reporter
Shillong, July 16: Lack of a proper public toilet system (PTS) in and around the Capital City is causing much inconvenience to the general public, who are often forced to use open spaces as toilets.
Even though the issue may not be discussed much in public, the need to have a proper PTS in the city is one of the most widely-felt needs by the people.
In an interaction with this scribe, few residents of the city said that the habit of using open spaces as toilets stems from several factors, and one of them was the lack of enough public toilets in and around the pine city.
Witnessing people reliving themselves at road corners is a common sight, and due to this bad habit, many parts of the city have been spoiled and a foul stench hangs heavy in the air.
However, the State government has done little to address this issue as there is still lack of public toilets in most areas of the city, particularly in busy market places like Bara Bazaar (Iewduh), Police Bazaar, Laitumkhrah Bazaar, Polo Bazaar, etc.
In some areas where there are public toilets, their conditions are pathetic and totally unhygienic due to lack of proper maintenance as those who maintain these toilets charge high fee.
“The State Government, along with the Urban Affairs Department, needs to come up with rules and regulations to debar people from urinating in public. These people who urinate in open places should be imposed with a big penalty,” a citizen said.
When contacted, an official of the Urban Affairs Department and the municipal body admitted that there is a shortage of public toilets in parts of the city.
It may be mentioned that some important public offices like the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner’s office have toilets, but they are kept locked.
On the other hand, the BSNL office at Brightwell Road, opposite Lady Hydari Park, has several toilets earmarked for both the sexes at each floor and customers are allowed to use them.