The Delhi High Court on Friday asked three municipal corporations of the national capital as to whether the sweepers and on-duty traffic policemen have access to toilet facilities or not.
A bench of acting chief justice, Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said that it has not seen public toilets in local markets and asked the corporations what were they doing about it.
“You (corporations) have sweepers and gardeners. Where do they go (to relieve themselves)? Are there toilets available to them during duty hours?
“What about traffic cops? Where do they go? It is not as if you do not need toilets if you are on duty,” the bench said.
The court was hearing a PIL seeking toilet facilities for slum dwellers of Shahbad dairy area in outer Delhi.
The corporations were asked to file status reports about the construction of public toilets in market areas and whether these facilities were available for their own cleaning staff and on-duty cops.
The bench has directed the three corporations stating that while the matter pertained to a specific area, the “larger perspective” needs to be looked into.