New Delhi: Focusing on the hygiene now washrooms of south Delhi hotels, restaurants and eateries will turn into public toilets from April 2017. People willing to pay up to Rs 5 will get access to these facilities.
According to a report in TOI, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said the move would make more than 4,000 toilets accessible to the public. "The licence has a condition that the corporation can modify it any time. The move will be particularly beneficial for women who face problems due to lack of toilets in marketplaces," SDMC commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel said.
Restaurant managements, however said that it was wrong to force the move on them, which may violate basic right of restaurants to keep the rights of admission reserved. Besides, it will also raise security issues.
Civic officials said lieutenant governor Anil Baijal had advised the SDMC to explore the possibility of opening up toilets in restaurants and hotels to the general public. The south corporation has issued 4,586 health trade licenses to establishments which include hotels and restaurants.
"Maintenance charges in restaurants usually vary depending on the restaurant but we have decided to keep it at Rs 5 otherwise people from the lower economic groups would not be able to use the facilities," SDMC commissioner said.