Mumbai Public Toilets Get Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines (Representational image)
Mumbai: Taking a step towards women’s health, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has installed 200 sanitary napkin vending and incinerator machines in several public toilets across 13 administrative wards of Mumbai, Maharashtra. The machines have been placed such that they are closer to slum areas. This will help the economically weaker women and girls.
According to the Free Press Journal, the directive was given by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who wants to enhance the cleanliness of public toilets in the city. He urged the BMC to pay special attention to the matter of menstrual hygiene.
Notably, the installation of sanitary napkin machines has been a long demand of various NGOs, public representatives, and social workers.
How does the machine work?
The report said the machines have been designed with two sections. First section is for incinerating napkins and the second is for treating the resulting smoke at a temperature of 950 degrees Celsius.
BMC officials are highlighting that these machines are eco-friendly and do not contribute to polluting the environment during the disposal.
Controversy around the machines
It is noted that the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) had earlier alleged corruption in the procurement of these machines. The accusation was that the BMC purchased each machine for Rs 4,000, compared to the market price which ranged from Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,000.
More about Mumbai’s public toilets
As per FPJ, Mumbai has a total of 8,286 public toilets, of which BMC is responsible for 3,254. Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) manages 3,659 toilets and 772 are operated on a pay-and-use basis.