Just 163 disabled friendly toilets in Mumbai city
A recent study shows that Mumbai has just 163 pay-and-use toilets for disabled people. Clearly, when it comes to the needs of people with disabilities, India's richest civic body seems indifferent.
The report by the NGO Praja Foundation says that toilets for the disabled make up for just 1% of all public toilets in the city.
Data from the Solid Waste Management department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation shows that there are 10,778 toilets for men and 3,909 for women.
This means that for 66 men's toilet and every 23 women's toilets, there is one toilet for disabled people.
This means just one disabled-friendly toilet for 835 Mumbaikars.
Experts say that the municipal body does not check whether contractors build toilets that can be used by disabled people.
Designing a toilet for disabled people is a different skill. Guidelines have to be followed such that any person can use it, whether he is suffering from 10% to 90% disability.
However, all that the contractors do is to build ramps.