Barishal City dwellers suffer from shortage of public toilet
BARISHAL, July 13: The city dwellers are suffering from acute shortage of public toilet.
There are only nine public toilets in Barishal City Corporation (BCC) area. Besides, three more public toilets were closed for dilapidated condition. However, most of the existing public toilets are running in an unhygienic condition.
Mainly females, children, aged people, patients, pedestrians, members of low-income groups, like rickshaw-pullers, day-labourers, hawkers, and small shopkeepers are facing problem in responding to the nature's call due to shortage of public toilets.
Dr Matiur Rahman, chief medical officer of BCC, said they have plans to set up sufficient numbers of public toilets as per ration of population and visitors in different important, busy and crowded places of the city.
The nine public toilets are situated in City Centre, Rupatali Bus Terminal, Nathullabad Bus Terminal, Nathullabad passenger waiting room, Barishal River Port, Green City Park, Chowmatha, Amtala, Mukijoddha Park, and Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital areas.
Three closed public toilets are situated in Amanatganj, Natun Bazaar, and River Port areas.
The remaining areas with dense population and social-commercial activities in Amanatganj, Kawnia, Chawk Bazaar, Bogura Road, Sagordi, Ichhakati, and city and district court compounds have no public toilet arrangement.
So, people have to respond to nature's call beside roads, walls, drains and canals, creating public nuisance, health hazards and environment pollution, said Rafiqul Alam, president Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA), Barishal unit.
Besides, none of the existing public toilets is women-friendly, said Rebeka Sultana, a female entrepreneur of Kathpotty area in the city.
"We need at least one public toilet at each of the 30 wards of BCC," said Kajal Ghosh, president of Barishal Sangskritik Sanghathan Samonnay Parishad.
All the public toilets are running in unhygienic condition, and so without acute emergency calls of nature, none want to use those, opined Suvankar Chakrabarty, one of environment activists.