Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) initiative to make the fuel station managements permit general public to use the toilets at the stations got a pat from the Centre.
The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao informed this in the Legislative Council here on Tuesday. In fact, the Central Government had directed other States to follow suit and implement the same practice, he said.
Replying to a question by TRS MLC P Rajeshwar Reddy, the Minister said initially there was some resistance from the fuel station managements in permitting the usage of toilets. “The GHMC officials counseled the managements and even adopted Gandhigiri methods, following which many agreed to the proposal,” said Rao.
To begin with, 295 fuel station managements in the city had in principle agreed to permit general public access to the toilets in their premises. Of the 295 fuel station toilets, general public are already using 194 fuel stations at different areas in the city, the Minister said.
In addition to fuel stations, the municipal corporation is requesting hotel managements to permit general public use toilets in their premises. Underscoring the need for proper maintenance of toilets, Rama Rao said She Toilets, which are self-cleaning toilets were being established in different areas.
Though a bit expensive, GHMC was trying to establish many She Toilets in association with different companies under their Corporate Social Responsibility, he explained. The State Government was constructing rest areas along the highways in the State. The Roads and Buildings department is working out the modalities and shortly the works will be grounded, he said.