Two modern multipurpose toilets to be built in Rajshahi

Published : 11 Aug 2022 12:57 AM | Updated : 11 Aug 2022 12:57 AM

Two modern multipurpose public toilets are going to be built at two separate places in the city in welfare of the people, particularly the roaming people.

WaterAid Eco-Social Development Organisation (ESDO) will establish the toilets, one at Laxmipur crossing and another at Judges Court premises, in overall cooperation with Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between RCC and WaterAid at the mayor's office on Wednesday in the presence of Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Sharif Uddin and WaterAid Country Director Hasin Jahan signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides.

The toilets will have various modern facilities, including separate arrangements for male and female, breast feeding corner, arrangements for people with special needs, rainwater harvesting and solar system.

Panel Mayor Shariful Islam, Chief Engineer Nur Islam, WaterAid Director Hussain Adib and Zonal Coordinator Rezaul Huda were present on the occasion.

With the WaterAid Bangladesh support, around 10,000 climate migrants will get clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene support in 10 slum areas of Rajshahi city.

To this end, 51 resilient and context-specific facilities will be installed and renovated besides installation and renovation of 28 community toilets.

Apart from this, 104 community people will be imparted caretaker training for operation and maintenance of the hardware.

A school sanitation complex has been opened at Shaheed Nazmul Haque Girls High School in the city recently aimed at habituating its students to lead a healthy life through using water, sanitation and menstrual hygiene management.

In the school sanitation complex, 10 toilets and two menstrual hygiene managements, including some other need-based amenities of sanitary pad, sanitizer and tissue, were set up.

There are sufficient lighting facilities for drying besides comfort fresh rooms for the girls in the complex. A drinking water station was installed for safe drinking water management in addition to establishing two hand washing stations.

Addressing the ceremony, Mayor Liton said concerted efforts of all concerned have become crucial to eradicate the urban poverty caused by the adverse impact of climate change as the climate-induced poverty has been escalating gradually in the urban areas.

Rural low-income people with their recurrent disaster exposures are migrating to urban areas. These newcomers face a serious employment crisis in the city.