MAPUSA: Despite demands, a toilet block in Mapusa municipal market opposite Café Shantadurga has been kept unoperational and people continue to face inconvenience due to it.
It is learnt that work on septic tank construction was taken up, but it was left incomplete and, hence, the toilet facility remains closed for public use.
Shopkeepers in the vicinity of the toilet block are feeling deprived of toilet provision and are facing a lot of inconvenience.
Besides, the open septic tank is filled with sewage making it a conducive spot for mosquito breeding, thereby raising a serious health concern.
At present, a public toilet in the pottery sale slot and at the fish market complex are the only options for the traders.
A local Ravi Virdekar said that “the new septic tank is open and filled with effluents giving rise to mosquito breeding.”
Another stall owner Shyam Sundar Chari said that “despite raising the issue on several occasions, nothing has happened. Mosquitoes are now breeding in the tank, due to which a mill and a hotel in the vicinity are at risk.”
Mapusa merchant association had taken up the issue with the municipality and demanded that the toilet should be restored for use. The merchants had also offered to take up repair work of the toilet under corporate social responsibility (CSR).
“Everyone, including customers and shopkeepers, are facing a problem. We have been following up the issue, but in vain,” said Assis Cardozo, secretary of Mapusa merchant association.
Another member Peter Mascarenhas said that “MMC should repair the septic tank and at least restore the toilet
When contacted chief officer of Mapusa Municipal Council Clen Madeira, he said, “We will get the septic tank covered. The work got delayed as the contractor abandoned it, and a notice was also issued, but in vain.”