The north eastern state of Meghalaya or the ‘abode of clouds’ is planning to construct as many as 5033 community toilets in market places, bus stands, roadsides, highways, etc., for use of the general public and tourists.
This would indeed ensure sustainability of its open defecation free (ODF) status, adding to the existing 663 such facilities that currently exist across the state.
The provision of sanitation facilities through public toilet complexes is the most suitable option for those who cannot afford individual toilets for monetary reasons or due to lack of space. Such complexes are a useful and valuable option at public places, markets, taxi stands, etc., where a large congregation of people takes place.
According to Shri A Lyngkhoi, State Coordinator the initiative is a part of the state’s efforts to ensure people adopt safe sanitation practices and use toilets at all times. The CSCs are built from Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin funds and maintained by the Village Water and Sanitation Committee for a nominal user charge.