As the world marked the World Toilet Day on November 19 through various sanitation programmes, Clean India Journal announced the first Clean India Awards 2013 for Best Well Maintained Community Toilet Block in Mumbai area. Triratna Prerna Mandal, the community block toilet in Santacruz West, located in the western suburb of Mumbai city, has been identified as the winner by the jury consisting of experts from the Indian Cleaning Industry.
Triratna toilet block, constructed in 2002, has about 26 toilet seats both Indian & Western, ladies washroom, bathrooms and urinalsfor general public use too. More than 600 families holding family pass in the surrounding slum areas use this community toilet. In a day over 3000 people use the toilets for various purposes.
The selection was based on parameters that included maintenance, cleaning frequency, odour levels, facilities like handwash and waste disposal, toilet model, service consistency and fault management among others. Triratna toilet block has successfully tapped the opportunities, such as subsidy, solar power and other schemes in addition to support through donations, which have enabled them to install solar lighting and water heating facilities; thus saving on energy. The block is also recharging water from the nearby playground to use in the toilets. The block also has a floor above for office and commercial purposes like kitchen for preparing mid-day meals for Aanganwadi and running computer classes.
With a population of 1.5 crores, Mumbai is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.There are over 300 community block toilets across Mumbai. Three toilet blocks were shortlistedAzad Hind Welfare Community, Govandi, Ekvira Mitra Mandal, Dharavi and Triratna Prerna Mandal, Santacruz for the award out of which one was selected as the winner.
“It is indeed heartening to know that we have won the Clean India Award in the civic category for Best Maintained Toilet Block. This award provides us with a huge platform to reach out and encourage other communities to place importance on the fundamentals. Toilets are used daily and are vital in a person’s life, it is necessary to give toilets its due so that it will provide benefits in time to come,” said Dayanand Jadhav, Executive President, Triratna Prerana Mandal.
The award will help raise the present scenarioencouraging the communities to go for the latest advancements in technology and automation in cleaning procedures toensure that the toilets remain sparkling clean. Along with the best community toilet block, Clean India Journalhas also come up with awards for the best-maintained government hospital and the best locality in maintaining cleanliness & hygiene for civic category of Clean India Awards.