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Huda makes toilets must at construction sites
The Times of India  |  January 31, 2019

Arvind Bishnoi Panchkula

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), Panchkula, has made it mandatory to construct a temporary toilet for labourers working at the construction sites to stop open defecation. The officials claim that the step has been taken under the swachh city initiative.


The city already has an open defecation-free certificate. Authorities at Huda said they would not allow construction work in Panchkula if the owner of the land failed to construct a toilet for the labourers.


Huda officials said they would visit the construction site and if they found that the toilets had not been constructed for the labourers, they would stop the construction work and also impose a fine on the owner. The rule implied to both residential as well as commercial plots.


Huda estate officer (EO) Ashutosh Rajan has directed all the junior engineers to find out the number of houses under construction and aware the owners about the new rules.


A sewage connection before starting the construction is mandatory. The new policy has been framed after an approval from the Haryana chief minister, who is also the chairman of Huda.


At few sites, Huda has sent notices to plot owners in Sector 28 and Mansa Devi Complex (MDC) as most of them carried out the construction work without constructing a toilet.


Ashutosh Rajan said: “If the allottees failed to construct a toilet for the workers, we will not only charge a heavy fine as per the law, but will stop the construction work,”


The decision was taken keeping in mind the cleanliness of the city and to take the city to the smart city list.