21 April, Mumbai
The Bombay High Court Tuesday gave an ultimatum to municipal corporations across Maharashtra to come out with schemes to provide street-side toilets for women.
The division bench of Justices A S Oka and C V Bhadang after hearing a public interest litigation highlighting the lack of toilets for women in public places, especially the streets, directed the civic bodies across the state to work out necessary schemes by June 19 this year.
The Judges also said that no further extension would be granted to implement the order. The High Court had in December directed all municipal corporations to come out with a solution.
Tuesday the bench was informed that only Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Amravati corporations had taken some steps in this regard.
Among these corporations Pune Municipal Corporation took various steps for providing toilets facilities for women in the city. Impressed by its success, the HC has sought replication of the model in all cities in Maharashtra.
The petition has been filed by `Milun Saryajani’, a women’s organisation.