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In Lucknow, public urition faces a problem of continence

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Lucknow, May 3: With this Uttar Pradesh capital having one of the poorest densities of public toilets for any major Indian city, denizens of Lucknow are facing a problem of continence - where to pee or not to pee. At least they cannot do so anymore at roadsides and in the open, as they have been used to all along, for fear of being fined. This follows the orders of the local Lucknow Municipal Corporation that anyone found doing so in the open will initially be fined and then “brought to justice” for making the city dirty and unhygienic in contravention of the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. Though people are not averse to the idea of making the city cleaner, their worry is larger and specific — if not in the open, then where? As per the 2011 census, Lucknow’s population is 4.58 million. But there are only 78 public toilets and 105 public urils as revealed by the reply to a 2014 RTI query. The dismal figures mean that there is only one public toilet per 58,844 people in the state capital and one public uril per 43,712 people. As if this isn’t enough, what further endangers the security of women folk is common toilets for men and women. For people out on long duties and vendors on streets and even shopkeepers at many important markets in the city, there is simply no place to relieve themselves. (IANS)

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