In yet another eye grabbing women appeasement initiative, two entrepreneurs from Pune have converted defunct government buses into mobile toilets for women. These are all scrapped buses of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd.
The toilet-on-wheels are labelled as ”Ti Swachatagruha”, and is an initiative by Ulka Sadalkar and Rajeev Khar. These buses feature other facilities including a breastfeeding room, a diaper changing station, a small canteen on the other side and a panic button in case of emergency.
Any woman can avail of the services of the mobile vans, at a basic charge of Rs 5. Sanitary pads and other sanitary products are also available on the mobile toilets that run on solar panels mounted on top of the vehicles. Ulka told ANI,
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We wanted to give a high standard toilet even for the sweeper on the road. So any woman using the toilet; be it a woman sweeping the road, travelling by bus or car, they all have a right to a good quality toilet.
They wanted to provide toilets for women and we had means and ways to do it. Right now in Pune there are 12 operational and almost 20 in pipeline.
Currently, there are total 12 such buses functional across Pune city. The pilot project for Karnataka kicked off on the occasion of women’s day on Sunday at Bengaluru airport. Apart from this, several other cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Nagpur, etc are also in pipeline.
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We completely support good hygiene and emergency facilities for women, which could be availed due to non-availability of government toilets. However, what makes us fume is why are similar amenities never planned for the other gender — The Men?
Where is the man expected to go in case he ends up choking his bladder in the middle of the road? What about his pain and embarrassment of not finding the desired privacy that can relieve him of an unexpected nature’s call?
Men’s Health is equally important as that of women. But sadly, talking about Men becomes a joke and often they are expected to find their own way. When a man chooses to urinate on public roads, we are the first ones to mock him and call him out — even shoot videos and post on social media. But why don’t we ever ask relevant questions about the facilities extended to this Gender?
In the name of Equality, every government today has turned a blind eye towards the state of Men’s Health. Sadly, Men today are left with the only P(ees) as below-
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