December 14, 2015
In a unique petition, a resident of Kendayur near Mettupalayam today sought the intervention of the administration to trace toilets said to have been constructed for the benefit of public in 2011.
In a petition on behalf of the residents, Bhadran of the village said that nearly 200 Dalit families were residing in Kendayur for the last 100 years. They had resorted to various agitations since 1996 for constructing public toilets.
According to available documents, the toilets, constructed at a cost of Rs.1.90 lakh were in operation since July 2001 in the area, which however, were missing now, he said in the petition to the District Collector, submitted today on Grievances Day.
The petition sought the Collector’s intervention to trace the said toilets. After continued struggle, the government had sanctioned construction of toilets in 2011. But once the construction reached about eight feet, a stay was obtained and works were stopped.
Another stay was obtained when the Mettupalayam administration decided to construct bio-toilets in 2013. Considering the plight of the residents, particularly women, administration should immediately take steps to construct new toilets, Bhadran said.