Delhi – Make railway toilets in the National Capital cleaner!
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Practice of open defecation in India needs to be eliminated and where better to start than the national capital of the country! Unavailability of toilets is a serious factor crippling India's efforts to move towards hygienic living, it is not the only concern. The lack of upkeep of the toilets is an equally mitigating factor.
Now, even though the government has provided an option, which costs ₹1 per visit, many residents still prefer to go outdoors. The caretaker, Umesh Kumar, says the toilets get 300 visits a day, with many sections remaining cordoned off for lack of demand. Most of the toilets are further away, which does not drive the locals or the people living in rural areas to go use the to public toilets that have been installed.
More than half the population defecates under the blue sky, in open fields, along railway tracks, behind bushes or literally wherever they can squat and find relief. Hence measures like constructing toilets on railways need to be taken. Not only that, there needs to be awareness about using these toilets and these toilets need to be maintained.
It’s not out of choice that they defecate or urinate in the open, but because there are not enough toilets to support even half the population. Let’s come together to make the national capital of the country open defecation free!
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