Mumbai, April 20 (PTI) Scriptwriter Salim Khan and actress Waheeda Rehman have joined residents to demand the shifting of a public toilet installed on the Bandstand promenade in suburban Bandra.
Last year, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai had engaged actor Salman Khan, Salim's eldest son, to promote its drive against open defecation. Salman's NGO, Being Human, is supporting the cause.
Salim said he was unhappy with the location of the public toilet, which is near his Galaxy Apartments home.
"It's not that we are opposing the installation of toilet blocks at Bandstand. We support the move. But if the toilet is built in the middle of the promenade, there will be a mess and it will create a nuisance," Salim told reporters.
Waheeda too has reservations about the toilet, which she said was opposite her bungalow. "Yes, I have... signed a petition launched by local people (against the toilet)," Waheeda told PTI.
The Bandra Bandstand Walkers and Users Forum has lodged a complaint with the civic body regarding the toilet block.
Asif Zakaria, a local councillor, said he had written to the ward officer.
"I support the cause of building toilets, but with proper planning. Civic officials are installing toilets by violating norms brazenly and constructing them on footpaths. The MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) is even building a toilet that doesn't have a sewerage connection on a pavement outside the Khar telephone exchange," he said.
However, a civic official said these were portable urinals, not toilets.
"There will be an attendant round the clock. The aim is to provide urinals to walkers and visitors (at Bandstand) and it does not cause obstruction in any way," he said.