Government refuses to allow plots for women-friendly restrooms

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Thiruvananthapuram: The government has turned a blind eye towards allotting plots for installing women-friendly restrooms, even two years after the mayor submitted a request. The project which proposed the construction of women friendly restrooms at 17 places in the city has now been jeopardized.

Mayor V K Prasant, in 2017, had submitted a letter to the chief secretary, requesting to allot plots which come under the various government departments. Initially, the plan was to build restrooms at 19 places. However, the construction has been stalled at 17 places as appropriate spaces are not alloted. Women-friendly restrooms have been built only at Kazhakoottam and Vazhuthakadu so far. The issue was raised at the recently convened council meeting.

The corporation hopes that the government would take immediate action and allow plots at the different places. All the 17 proposed plots are owned by various government departments. The issue was even brought to the notice of the district collector through the director of the municipal administration. The officials said that they have approached the government a few times regarding the matter.

The women-friendly restrooms were planned to be built at Manaveeyam road, area near the Museum police station, Palayam, Thiruvallam, Venpalavattom, Enjakkal, Thycaud, Kesavadasapuram junction, Kovalam, medical college hospital, Pottakuzhi road, East Fort, Sri Chithirathirunnal park, Putharikandam ground, Statue and Nandavanam road. The authorities have requested to allot plots of 1.5 cents–3.5 cents.

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