People are charged Rs. 5 for urination and Rs.10 for defecation in public toilets in Kalasipalya. The operators of the toilets said that they charge the amount in order to maintain the infrastructure of the toilet. These toilets are run on tenders issued by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
“They charge Rs. 5 for urination and Rs. 10 for defecation,”said Annya, a hawker in Kalasipalya. He also said that the toilet is broken down and has no proper lights but the prices are too high.
“Sometimes the workers charge according to the appearance of the customer. People who are new are charged more than the regular prices. The charges are too high as we use this toilet on daily basis. Urinals which are supposed to be free by the Government are still charging an excessive amount,” said Feroz Shah, a mechanic in KR market.
The public toilets charge the same fee as the private toilets in the KR market. Mr. Srinivas, Chief Traffic Manager (Commercial), BMTC said, “It is common for all the tenders that the urinals are free of cost and Rs. 5 is to be paid for the washroom facility.”
Women are charged Rs. 10 irrespective of urination or washroom facility as they have to use the washroom and the flush as per the vendors and the commuters.
“There is a proposal from the Government of Karnataka and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan that the urinals have to be provided free of cost. There are toilets in which urinals are on paid basis right now,” said Manjula Rao, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Solid Waste Management expert, BBMP.
“Rs. 5 and 10 for the toilet facility is very high. Toilets can be maintained if they charge Rs.1 or 2 at the maximum,” said Mr. Viswanantha, Hon. Controller, Sulabh International, Social Service Organisation, Karnataka.
“We are in the process of leveling the tariffs across the city” said Manjula Rao, “The cross-subsidization policy will be implemented on toilets with high footfall, earning more money and the toilets which earn lesser amount.”