Guwahati: Twitteratis on Saturday lauded Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and state cabinet minister Ashok Singhal for their spontaneous response to a user, demanding public toilets in the Guwahati city.
The demand for public toilets in Guwahati city has been an old issue now. Nevertheless, people genuinely seek a flicker of hope under the CM-Sarma-led government.
The user in his tweet had requested the cabinet minister including Assam chief minister to build more public toilets across Guwahati city. “Presently it is very less in number. Also requesting to build Public Park where people can exercise and children can play. It will help to make unity in the society,” he tweeted.
Immediately, responding to the tweet, CM Sarma directed Guwahati Development Department minister Ashok Singhal to look into the issue.
Minister Singhal on the other hand, replied saying, “Action initiated, public toilets will come up under all flyovers in GUWAHATI.”
It is noteworthy to mention that during the tenure of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, two city-based journalists, M Kachari and N Sarmah in the year 2013 filed a PIL and prayed before the Gauhati High Court’s intervention into the matter, noting that there are insufficient public toilet for women in the city.
Later, the Gauhati High Court issued notices to the State Government, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to respond to the PIL that appealed for adequate arrangements of separate public toilet for women in the city.
Due to the lack of public toilets in Guwahati, roadside urination is a common sight in the city, especially in busy localities of the city.
It not only makes the area filthy but also generates annoyance to a large section of the people in the city.
Meanwhile, Rotary Guwahati Luit showed their eagerness to partner with Assam Government for building public toilets in the city.
“We at Rotary Guwahati Luit are ready to partner with Government of Assam for building Public Toilets. Give us the opportunity,” Rotary Guwahati Luit tweeted tagging the GDD minister Ashok Singhal.