Was the mobile toilet project poorly planned by HUDA?
An application was filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) seeking the details about the total number of mobile toilets installed in Gurgaon and the amount spent on the purchase of each toilet.
In its reply to the RTI application, HUDA has informed that only four mobile toilets were installed at Tau Devi Lal Park in Sector 22 The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923), and any other law for the time being in force or in any instrument having effect by virtue of any law other than this Act. In another reply, HUDA stated that mobile toilets do not exist and that the matter does not relate to HUDA as no payment was made by this office.
It has been reported that in April, 2012 around 100 mobile toilets were installed at public places across the city for which HUDA was paying Rs. 4,000 per month as maintenance charges to a private company. The toilets were dismantled last September owing to Indian Ocean Conference. It was said that the toilets were removed to be replaced by the Indian-style toilets.
The applicant approached the state information commission (SIC) for providing incomplete information. The SIC has directed HUDA to provide the necessary information within one month. It has been argued by the applicant that Huda's mobile toilet project was poorly planned and not hygienic.