▋AP State Aids Control Society is gearing up to install condom vending machines in all public toilets in the city. While the idea is not new to the city, the machines installed in Sulabh toilets and the ones in the RTC bus stations were not finding many takers as they are not well maintained. Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad’s plan to construct nearly 100 modern toilet complexes in the city has come as a shot in the arm for the APSACS. Of the 100 planned modern toilets, over 50 has already been finished in different parts of the city. According to Kallol Mukherjee of the Technical Resource Unit, APSACS already maintains 200 condom vending machines, with 80 being inside toilets. APSACS also has condom vending machines in toilets of various cinema theatres. “We realised that the public are not very comfortable with using condom vending machines in open places,” Mukherjee said. APSACS figures also substantiate the apprehension. The vending machines installed in public toilets saw a 70 per cent increase in the daily movement of condoms. In a recently undertaken pilot project, the Delhi State Aids Control Society installed condom vending machines in toilets of the secretariat.
Much to their surprise, nearly 4,000 condoms were picked up by the secretariat officials and employees in just two days. According to Mukherjee, the idea is to take the total number of such machines to 5,00 before the end of this financial year, which leaves only one month for the target to be achieved. As APSACS project director K Damayanthi is currently on leave the decision to install vending machines in public toilets is yet to be finalised.