Mumbai’s Marine Drive have costliest public toilet

Marine Drive is known for its high-priced real estate. But now, it will also be known for its costliest public toilet in Mumbai. The costliest public toilet at Marine Drive is now opened from October 1.

At an estimated cost of Rs 90 lakh, the public facility has already earned the tag of city’s most expensive toilet.

Two out of the five seats in the toilet are allotted for women. Since the toilet uses vacuum technology, there would be a lesser requirement of water. A civil official told DNA, “This is the first vacuum toilet in the city and it will have solar panels on its roof.”

Usually, the construction price of a seat of toilet ranges from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. However, a toilet seat at the Marine Drive costs around Rs 19 lakh.

A civic official, who wished to remain anonymous, estimated that it could cost the BMC up to Rs 1 lakh per month for the toilet’s maintenance vis-a-vis house-keeping services, sewage transport, and maintenance of solar panels.

At present, there is no public toilet from Princess Street to National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and this toilet will be of great help to all, apart from joggers and cyclists.

The civic body plans to keep the facility free for use for the next two months after which it may levy a fee.