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Kathmandu Metropolitan City to build public toilets at heritage sites

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Kathmandu: Kathmandu Metropolitan City has decided to give priority to heritage sites and busy markets while constructing public toilets.

The various departments of KMC led by Deputy Mayor Mr.Hari Prabha Khadgi Shrestha said the public toilets will be constructed by the design and location of KMC’s Urban Planning Commission. As per the  KMC, Rs 30 million were allocated for the construction of sanitation facilities in the current financial year.

The UPC has prepared 20 different public toilets designs for constructed in the metropolis. KMC can adopt any designs based on location, available budget and requirements. They also predict access to all of the attached bathroom. The meeting decided to work in partnership with petrol pumps, hotels, restaurants, private and public buildings and business enterprises that allow the public to use the toilet by providing a fixed amount on an annual basis. Currently, the metropolis has 62 public toilets, out of which only 28 are usable while rest need repair.

The meeting said the public toilet is safe, clean and accessible to everyone and is committed to maintaining unity with stakeholders to ensure the needs of people of different gender and age groups. Although Nepal has been declared an open defecation free country open defecation in Kathmandu and other parts of the country is still common.

Source: THT