Lending a hand to the sanitation services of the country, a couple in Pune are facilitating public hygiene solution for women, giving it a hint of aesthetics by converting scrapped old buses into toilets.
Pushing the initiative under 'Ti for Toilet', the duo Rajeev Khera and Ulka Sadalkar in collaboration with the Pune Municipal Corporation are giving an edge to women sanitation in the busiest areas of Pune city for a higher footfall.
Hoping to beat the menace where even the available toilets are still unkempt and stinky, making it harder for pregnant and menstruating women to use the toilets, this initiative is revamping the basic sanitation. The buses although could be mobile, are deliberately kept stationed at a peculiar place so women are aware of their location in case of need.
These exquisite public toilets include a shower, western and Indian toilets, washbasins, drinking water, diaper changing station and sanitary napkins for sale. These buses turned into toilets run on solar energy, have TV screens installed that run videos of women sanitation. Every bus has an attendant and technician to keep timely checks on the functioning. The bus charges Rs. 5 for their services.
The couple kicked off their initiative in 2016 with the project 'Ti for Toilet' and the 'Ti' stands for 'her' or 'she' in Marathi colloquial.
It is known that the washrooms are already frequented by 150 to 400 women each day. The couple has plans to expand these health care services by setting up juice stalls and Wifi spots, making a recreational space for lower strata.
Prime Minister Modi had sworn to tackle the sanitation issue and since then, over a million toilets have been either built or are in the plan. By 2019, the Clean India Campaign has the vision to revolutionize solid waste management and eliminate open defecation.