Mysore/Mysuru: Two-and-a-half-years after the foundation stone was laid for the hi-tech heritage-style toilet, the facility was inaugurated this morning. The toilet has been built in the Town Hall (Rangacharlu Memorial Hall) premises facing Gandhi Square, the first of its kind in the city.
The Mysuru City Corporation collaborated with the Namma Mysuru Foundation (NMF) to build the modern facility at a cost of Rs. 1.4 crore with an aim to provide freedom from stinky toilets. Mysuru District Minister S.T. Somashekar and the then-city Mayor Tasneem laid the Foundation stone for the toilet on Sept. 28, 2020. The works moved at a snail’s pace due to the COVID-19 and other factors.
Chamaraja MLA L. Nagendra and Mayor Shivakumar inaugurated the pay-and-use toilet by cutting the tape. It has separate bathrooms for men and women, western and Indian toilets, a feeding room for mothers, a ticket counter, a store room and a security room along with basic infrastructural facilities. Water sumps, overhead water tank and electricity connection have been provided, for the benefit of the general public.
Interestingly, for the inauguration, the women’s section entrance sported pink balloons while the men’s section had blue balloons welcoming the users. The NMF will handle the maintenance of the toilet complex built in the dimension of 40×60 ft for a period of five years, before handing it over to MCC.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA Nagendra said that the NMF will run and maintain the toilet under a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate, Transfer) agreement for five years. Pointing out that the toilet has been constructed by the NMF out of its own funds, he said that it is built with a heritage concept, with all heritage characteristics attached to the building.
Maintaining that the newly constructed toilet building has a heritage value, with intrinsic style, traditions and characteristics, the MLA called upon the people to make the best use of it while also maintaining cleanliness and hygiene.
Noting that a ‘pink toilet’ for women was inaugurated recently near the Junction of D. Devaraj Urs Road and Dewan’s Road, Nagendra said that the pink toilet, which has many facilities for women.
“Our aim is to increase women’s physical and economic mobility by creating safe and gender-friendly public spaces, thus increasing their participation in public life,” he said.
Deputy Mayor Dr. G. Roopa, MCC Commissioner G. Lakshmikantha Reddy, Superintending Engineer (SE) Mahesh, Member of the District Heritage Committee and Project Heritage Consultant Prof. N.S. Rangaraju, NMF Managing Trustee K. Dasharath, Founding Trustee C.R. Pavithra, Treasurer Dinesh Bopanna and others were present.
Good even toilets gets heritage tag. As we know any thing public forbpublic use lasts one year. Maintenance is an issue. Prof.NSR takes credit and identified as an heritage expert. Mysore city does not boast of one ASI monument . All old buildings are not heritage. Heritage to be designated has to meet criteria and character. Unfortunate today all are experts in Heritage. Mere posing and making noise on heritage buildings without serious work takes us no way.
Great effort by the people involved.
Hope this organisation continue their good work and people contribute for their growth.
Real Crazy, our elected politicians find time to innaugurate a public toilet. Why the heritage tag for this? is it back to 1950, where toilets had a mud basin, with a hole and a pit to collect the shit???
I wonder how did they inaugurate the toilet? Once upon a time Gundu Rao inaugurated the swimming pool by diving into the pool..
Hello AV Prasanna
Mr Shenoy let you off when you accused him of taking money from the piped gas company to recommend piped gas project for Mysore, hiding your own part in taking the slice of cash from the LPG cylinder distributors, for recommending the LPG cylinders instead. You claimed to be the Sir MV of power engineering based on your routine maintenance work in Trombay power station which has been polluting the environment.
So in your home, a hut may be in 1950 where the toilet was a mud basin? Where did you loive, not in Mysore, I suppose, as Mysore had proper toilets which can be flushed with water and cleaners used to arrive once a week to clean the toilets-part of the property tx service by the Mysore Municipal Council.
Your experience with mud basin and a hole explains why you think that Trombay power station-a polluted edifice is very advanced power station!
But keep posting the nonsense.
You still have not still answered our question of how did you get the Euros to visit Europe, which you claimed you did, and saw filthy roadside
cafes. Because of voters of your low calibre, politicians can get away with the construction of heritage toilets in the city, where one can see locals and tourists using the open space as toilets.
Again, you keep posting your nonsense, which is amusing.
What kind of tin pot professor are you? You have problems in using English.
Take for example, your sentence: “Good even toilets gets heritage tag”. “the ” toilets” there is plural and hence you should use ” get”.
As for the sentence: “Mere posing and making noise on heritage buildings without serious work takes us no way”. What you wanted to say is like this: “Mere posturing and making noise on heritage buildings without serious work takes us no where”.
Your sentence: “Heritage to be designated has to meet criteria and character”, should have been : Heritage to be designated has to meet certain criteria and character”, as the term ” heritage” is associated with certain criteria like :” tradition and history” as a minimum.
I can understand what a poor quality professor, you would have been in your career. Very often the wrong person is promoted as a professor in India, based on how much influence he can muster.