Dirty toilets and premises at Gandhipuram bus station continue to annoy passengers | Coimbatore News

Coimbatore: The Gandhipuram city bus station, which thousands of passengers use daily, is a picture of neglect.
Although there are toilets at the terminal’s platform number one, passengers are reluctant to use them because they are unclean. Most people prefer to relieve themselves in open places outside the terminal.
The passengers called on the municipality to improve the cleanliness of the toilets and to set up additional toilets to meet the growing demand.
The electronic toilets on the bus station premises have been dysfunctional for months. They were only used a few months after installation, passengers said.
V Pavithran, a regular passenger, said he only used the toilet, which was dirty, once. “Despite the urgent need to relieve myself, I will not use the toilets at the bus station. I’ll wait until I get home or where I’m headed. Although sufficient water is available in the toilet, cleanliness is compromised.
The toilets for disabled people are always locked. Anti-social elements are using the facility to consume alcohol, say vendors at the terminal, whose premises are filled with trash and garbage.
Robin Benifer, district coordinator, Spinal Injured Persons Association, said that while Gandhipuram bus station was the only bus station in town with separate toilets for people with disabilities, the same was not used. “Many people with disabilities are reluctant to leave their homes because of the lack of ramps and toilets for them. ”
When contacted, a company official said it was the public who damaged the electronic toilets. “It was a system of payment and use. Users had to insert coins to use the toilet. They damaged it while trying to use the facility without inserting any parts. He said the cleanliness of the existing toilets would soon be improved.


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