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City needs over a thousand toilets

By- Aakriti Valecha, Kanika Chamlegi and Soumya Vyas



Bengaluru’s public toilets are locked, dirty and inaccessible for the ones who need them most.


Bangalore has a shortage of 1100 public toilets. Some places in the city, like Kengeri, have only one public toilet which is not functioning properly.
“In Kengeri there is no public toilet. Many people face problems and we have to go behind the metro construction. There is one in front of the bus stand but that is also closed. We men somehow manage but it becomes difficult for ladies,” said Ranga Swami, resident of Kengeri.
It’s not only men and women but even transgenders do not have proper toilet facilities.
“We do not have any separate public toilets for transgenders. Some times we face sexual harassment because of toilets. There is not even a single toilet for transgender,” said Anuradha, a transgender in Yelahanka.
Even the e-toilets build by BBMP could not bring much change. According to the data provided by the BBMP website, about 20 per cent e-toilets are not in usable conditions.





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