Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City setting up to build 20 designs of public toilets at different parts of the capital city.
Vice-chairperson of the KMC Urban Planning Commission, Mr. Saroj Basent said-” Any of the designs could be used for the construction of public toilets depending on location, budget available and requirement.” speaking at a program organized to mark the seventh World Toilet Day-2019 in Kathmandu.
KMC designed the construction of public toilets between the cost of Rs 1.5 million to Rs 10 million. The designs allow one to three persons to answer nature’s call at a time and also imagine an attached bathroom that is accessible for all.
The celebration motivates to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help to achieve Sustainable Development Goal-6(Clean Water and Sanitation) which promises sanitation for all by 2030. Poor sanitation in existing public toilets in urban areas has confiscated people of toilet facilities. Out of 62 public toilets, only 28 are usable while the rest require repair.
Member-secretary of the National Sanitation and Coordination Committee, Devendra Jha warned that an average of 14,000 children below five years of age had been dying every year due to a lack of proper sanitation in Nepal.
“The need for urban areas like Kathmandu is inclusive and accessible public toilets, which can be used by the mobile population, – He said.
Country Director of WaterAid Nepal, Tripti Rai stressed the need to build safe and women-friendly public toilets.
Former Environment Minister, Ganesh Shah recommended that fecal sludge management would be more important for environment cleanliness after the construction of public toilets. KMC also organized a rally to mark the day, this morning. Various organizations participated in the program.
Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Kirtipur Municipality and Madhyapur Thimi Municipality in March exposed that public toilets in Kathmandu were not clean, lacked access to adequate water and had poor infrastructure that not meet the need of women and people with disabilities.
According to the study report, there was approximately only one public toilet for every 64,000 residents in the valley.