Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, Honorable Mayor, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) announced that 500 drinking water fountains to be set up in important places of the city along with modern public toilets. He said this while inaugurating two more public toilets in Osmani Uddyan. WaterAid Bangladesh and H&M Foundation in association with Dhaka South City Corporation has launched these public toilets yesterday. Mr. Johan Frisell, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden and Dr Md Khairul Islam, Country Director, WaterAid Bangladesh were also present in the inauguration ceremony.
This visually stunning, female and disabled friendly public toilet at this historically significant location of the city are expected to offer visitors with comfort and convenience. These modern toilets equipped with facilities including separate chamber for male and female, locker, hand washing point, shower, safe drinking water facility, 24×7 electricity, CCTV camera, professional cleaner and female caretakers.
As working for a planned public sanitation system in city, Mayor said, “I want to create a city without any illegal establishment at any cost. For this we need to be united.”
Mr. Johan Frisell, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden said, “The sanitation facility is in challenge due to extra pressure in the city. But this joint initiative of WaterAid and H&M foundation is really encouraging.”
Dr Md Khairul Islam, Country Director, WaterAid Bangladesh said, “Clean public toilets are a dire need in ensuring public health. City Corporation, WaterAid and H&M Foundation have jointly brought these facility for the commuters. The maintenance will be ensured under the public leaders.”
This is in continuation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed among Dhaka South City Corporation, Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka WASA and WaterAid Bangladesh to ensure environmental health by proper use of public toilets. Notably, WaterAid Bangladesh has rebuilt a number of public toilets in different strategic locations of Dhaka with support of Dhaka North and South City Corporation under the banner of project SUNRISE funded by H&M Foundation.