Smart toilets set up at 14 prime locations of the city in 2019-20, under the Smart City project on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis, have become means of earning a ton of money for contractors who operate them. Though AMC has been at the losing end of the deal, its officials remain mute spectators. Mirror has learnt that hoardings at these smart toilets are eating into the AMC revenue from tendered hoarding sites in the vicinity.
AMC had tied up with private players to build and operate smart toilets in lieu of which they were given the right to earn revenue from hoardings behind the toilets. However, hoardings at these toilets have been placed in such a way that they violate General Development Control Regulation norms.GDCR norms require hoardings to have a ground clearance of 3 meters which is being flouted in case of all the smart toilet hoardings.
AMC had tied up for 46 smart toilets of which 14 have been set in prime locations like Vastrapur, Satellite etc.
An estate-TDO department official of AMC said, AMC earns Rs 10 crore-12 crore per annum from rights of hoardings at prime locations. These hoardings need to be three meters above the ground. However, three years ago all the hoarding norms were cast aside when smart toilets were launched. The hoardings at smart toilets clearly violate norms as they are more or less at ground level. They are eating into the revenue of tendered hoarding sites nearby.