"The Guwahati Municipal Corporation has been contemplating to make toilets under all the flyovers. These would be run by reputed organizations", said Mr Devashish Sharma, Commissioner, Guwahati Municipal Corporation, who was present during inauguration of a public toilet under the Ganeshguri flyover in the city. The flyover was inaugurated by Mr Ashok Singhal, Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs and Irrigation on Tuesday.
"It is dream come true that we could inaugurate this public toilet under the Ganeshguri flyover today. I extend my gratefulness to Lion's Club and the Commissioner of Guwahati Municipality Corporation for their co-operation and active participation in the construction of the toilet", said Mr Ashok Singhal after the inaugural ceremony.
Mr Singhal said, "I expect that women and children (who mostly come for shopping) will be mostly benefitted from this toilet facility. A well-equipped public toilet is extremely necessary in a public place like Ganeshguri."
GMC Commissioner Mr Devashish Sharma said that the Corporation has received overwhelming positive response from the members of the Lions Club of Guwahati.GMC Commissioner Mr Devashish Sharma said that the Corporation has received overwhelming positive response from the members of the Lions Club of Guwahati. "This world-class toilet will also be maintained by the Club in future," he added.
The construction of this public toilet is the result of joint efforts of the Guwahati Municipality Corporation in collaboration with the Lions Club of Gauhati. The initiative was supported by Topcem Cements.
"In order to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of a 'Swachh Bharat', we (the members of Lions Club) were approached by Mr Ashok Singhal regarding the construction of public toilets in some busy areas of the city. Then we thought that as Ganeshguri is a very busy place and is almost like the 'drawing room' of the city and people who come from outside should have a positive impression on us that we are developed and live decently and maintain hygienic conditions", said Mr Sunil Agarwall, former president of Lions Club, Guwahati.
He said that Lions Club has helped in the construction of this world-class toilet. "We were extremely lucky to be supported by a renowned local industrialist and the chairman of Topcem Cements group, Mr Kailash Chand Lohia. The entire project cost was approximately Rs 18 to 20 lakhs. We are ready to construct more such toilets in the future if the government chooses the location for us", he added.