Mangaluru, Dec 17, 2018: Prescribed rules of the central government, all fuel stations should compulsorily have toilets. Therefore, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has come forward to take action against those petrol bunks which have failed to provide this facility within the corporation’s limits.
Under the Swacch Bharat Mission Plan, in order to maintain cleanliness, the Urban Development Ministry had passed an order last year that all the petrol bunks in the country must compulsorily provided toilet facility. As per the order, owners of all petrol bunks must compulsorily provide specific washroom facilities for men, women and the differentially abled persons.
The washrooms should not be limited only to their customers but must also be made available for the use of the general public. If in case the rule is violated, the bunk owner will be fined Rs 15,000 for the first offence, Rs 20,000 for the second offence and Rs 30,000 for the third offence. If the rule is violated more than three times, the permit of such a fuel station will be cancelled, the order states strictly.
But in reality, at many petrol stations, there are no washroom facilities for the public. At some other places, even though there are toilets, they are not provided for the use of the public. On the other hand, petrol bunk owners have opposed this rule of the central government with the argument that if in case this toilet reserved for the customers is provided to the general public, it will give rise to numerous problems.