On 2nd February, the first Women-Only Public Toilet opened at the Mumbai Central Railway Station. The train network transports over 7.5 million people on a daily basis, and is a connection point for local and intercity trains. The facility addresses specific needs of feminine hygiene such as sanitary napkin vending machine. The facility has child stations, changing rooms for women professionals and toilet specially designed for senior citizens.
The project is a partnership between the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the JSW Group and the Norwegian Organization 'Back in the ring' together with their friends from Samatech, a Mumbai based sanitation focused company. It was inaugerated by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's son Aditya Thackeray and Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Norway’s Consul General, Ann Ollestad, participated as guest of honor.
Alexander Medin led the 15-member group of volunteers, ex-convicts and ex-substance abusers. Medin is a yoga teacher who has spent more than 22 years in India; he started the initiative as he was concerned by lack of sanitation facilities for women at public places in India. The organization “Back in the Ring” is a project empowering people struggling with drug addictions to get their life back through the practice of yoga and voluntary work.
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