Problem of leaking toilet pipes continue to haunt Mapusa govt complex

Arpita Srivastava | NT 

MAPUSA: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan seems to have been totally failed for government complex at Morod in Mapusa which houses a number of government offices as sewerage pipes  continuously leak resulting in the growth of plants on the wall.

Even the visitors have to struggle as the complex does not have a public toilet facility and the only option is to use office staff toilet.

Even the septic tank, which is next to canteen, has  been overflowing for last few months besides the garbage disposal is another problem that is being faced – heaps of garbage which mainly comprise  papers are seen on the rear side.

The government complex at Mapusa which is ground plus three floors has more than ten government offices housed in it and include office of additional collector, dy collector and mamlatdar of Bardez taluka, block development office, civil supplies, commercial tax office, PWD building section, electrical section and office of executive engineer of PWD (roads), office of registrar of cooperative societies, office of land survey and others.

This complex which caters to a vast population of Bardez every day is in a bad condition as no periodical maintenance is done. A visitor Sainath Naik said that “condition of this office is bad. No proper maintenance is being done and it is visible from vegetation grown on the wall due to leaking of toilet pipelines.”

He also added that “another problem is of garbage management. A large quantity of garbage is see dumped, and they burn it. Another major problem is that there is no toilet facility available for the people visiting the offices which is causing a lot of inconvenience,  especially to female visitors. Initially, there was a toilet block on the ground floor, which was kept open for visitors, however, it was then closed due to lack of maintenance. Subsequently, repairs were done and block was opened but due to misuse by labourers, it is closed.”

Another visitor Subhash Yende said “Main problem here is that there are no facilities for visitors to the building; toilets in the offices are reserved for office staff. We demand with concerned authority to ensure that toilet facility is provided.”

In this connection, Deputy Collector Gaurish Shankhwalkar has also raised concern and had  instructed that toilet block on ground to be repaired and kept open for people visiting offices.

“ In regard with toilet block on ground floor, I have already given instructions to PWD building section to undertake repairs and make it functional” informed Shankhwalkar.

Sources informed that major reason for non- maintenance of complex is that there is no financial provision made for it.