Lack of toilets for elderly women at Mumbai local Station


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MUMBAI: The Sulabh Toilet outside the Malad( West) Railway station is for just 3 people. A signature campaign has been started by Gandhi Vichar Manch to increase its capacity. The campaign began on 1st December and and so far has gathered 16794 signatures. The problem is not limited to Malad (West) and is a common problem all across the Mumbai Local train network.

During the signature campaign, the people explained their difficulties to Manmohan Gupta, who heads Gandhi Vichar Manch. Women say that the toilets are limited and it usually is duty. To increase the length of the platform in some stations, toilets were broken and were not rebuilt. Malad station too had toilet on both platform and now remains only on one. Only the platforms 6 and 8 in Borivali have toilets and long distance trains halt here. Due to inflation and salary cuts of people report late for office. In such dire times, if all platforms have toilets then it saves them time to go to the other platform for natures call. What do women and children do in cases where there are no toilets? If people pay for tickets, don’t they deserve facilities?

“It is unfortunate that women have to suffer because of lack of toilets. It is shameful for the people who sit in Government offices and do not act on such demands. People should get facilities on platform. If Govt remains quite, the Manch will organise a moment against the administration till the facility is provided,” says Manmohan Gupta, President Gandhi Vichar Manch.
Sanjay Sharma Raj

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