Mumbai: BMC soon to install sanitary pad vending machines at public toilets

The idea of the sanitary vending machine was presented by Dr Saeeda Khan, an NCP corporator from L ward (Kurla), keeping in mind the deplorable conditions of public toilets across Mumbai. This proposal has now made its way to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) standing committee where will be debated upon. Currently, the idea has been accepted in principal but it requires a final approval

Mumbai: BMC soon to install sanitary pad vending machine in public toilets
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Menstrual hygiene is an important concept for the betterment of woman’s health. And it is high time that women get better access to basic hygiene. Keeping this in mind the BMC is soon going to set-up sanitary pad vending machines across the city.

The proposal which was earlier mooted is soon set to reach fruition. The BMC will install these vending machines in phases. The total cost of this project is around 1.71 crores.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Yashwant Jadhav, Chairman, Standing Committee, BMC, said, “The proposal to install sanitary napkin vending machine in the public toilets has been placed before the standing committee meeting. Soon, the committee will clear the proposal and the process of installation of sanitary pads machine will be done on priority.”

This project will be hugely beneficial for people who live in slum area and chawls and even public toilets which are close to roads. The machine will be able to provide free sanitary pads to women in the city, the vending machine can also be used to safely dispose used sanitary napkins.

The first phase will have around 1,17,500 pads which will be available hrough the all the vending machines. The BMC  will incur around 72,24, 840 rupees for successfully installing the machines.

Saeeda Khan, NCP corporator, Mumbai, who had initially proposed the concept, stated, “I had initiated the proposal to install the sanitary napkin vending machine in the (women) public toilet. Now, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has initiated the process. I welcome the decision. This will surely benefit the poor and needy women across Mumbai.”

The BMC will take around eight months to compete the first phase of the sanitary pad vending machines. Eventually overtime, the machines will be visible across public restrooms and toilets in Mumbai.

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