For the first time ever in the history of the provincial capital of Punjab, state of art public toilets are being constructed to give the public basic facilities.
The government of Punjab has started the “toilets program” after the issues regarding it were raised on many platforms.
The Chief Minister also formed a committee in which Khawaja Hassan Ahmed was made the convener for finalizing the project after accordingly consulting the P&D and C&W departments.
According to the official documents, the approval from the administration for the scheme was already received back in September 2017 while the technical permission was rendered by the chief engineer Building C&W department.
The documents further reveal that the physical construction of the toilets was fifty percent while the gestation period of the program is four months.
The areas where the toilets would be constructed under the program includes—Allama Iqbal Town, Nadra Office, Kareem Block Market, Fateh Garh Pul, Bara Dari Ground, Dayal Pul, Lorry addah, Raiwind and the vegetable market.
Abdullah Sumbal—the Lahore Division Commissioner said that sixty toilets would be constructed in Lahore under the program. He informed that the toilets are user-friendly, specially designed and separate for male and female and for the special people.
The Lahore Division Commissioner also added that all the facilities that are provided at the five-star hotel toilets would be available in the public toilets which includes—hand drier, sui-gas geysers etc.
Regarding the query about the financial cost of the project, Sumbal informed that a number of rupees fifty million would be spent.
He told that the maintenance and the cleaners for the project would be outsourced. Sumbal said that these services would be outsourced because public money is wasted when such projects are not properly taken care of.
He added that the exactly like project construction, project maintenance is also important for the government.
He further added that once the toilets under construction in the crowded areas of Lahore are completed, then the number of such facilities would also be increased in the entire province.
He informed that the Sargodha Division Commissioner is also working on the provision of such facilities.
This is a good initiative by the government to construct such state of art toilets and there is a need that the number of such facilities be increased in the populated marketplaces and other areas.