Okay, so when I mentioned a few posts back about dearly lacking “coordinated innovation” among the various government agencies that look after Delhi’s urban landscape, this is not the solution I had in mind! Public toilets that look like Lodhi-era tombs from the 15th and 16th centuries? Really?
Public toilets under construction at Defence Colony Market
These new “world-class toilets” (that’s the term that was repeatedly said to me by people at and around these construction sites when they were at a nascent stage) look like they’re the crazy brainchild of some MCD and ASI officials who had had a few pegs of Solan No.1 too many sitting together one evening (I’m not claiming that this actually happened)!
While the finished product of this example at Defence Colony Market is yet to be seen, I really don’t know what they were thinking. Why make a public toilet look like some of Delhi’s most visible historic landmarks?
If anyone is wondering why these toilets are on two floors, the ground floor houses the toilets themselves, and the floor above (with a mezzanine as well, I think) will be a cafe or restaurant. Go figure!
To be fair though, others I’ve talked to don’t think this is a bad idea, and actually like this structure as it comes up. Others still think it will encourage pissing in the actual tombs strewn about Delhi. I guess we’ll have to wait a bit more to see how all this shapes up …