An irritable bowel, or an overfull bladder, is the pressing reminder of the Mumbai lowlife—the dream city’s unstoppable traffic jams, layovers of nearly an hour at bus-stops, and the absence of public toilets. That explains the stinky, yellowish wet walls by the sidewalks. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has a solution, which is more like a prescription pill that blocks the causes of the discomfort but never really is the cure. The BMC has proposed converting at least 10 old BEST buses—those red icons of a hot, bumpy, crowded, noisy ride—into mobile loos and station them at snarl hotspots. The plan, the BMC hopes, will bring money to the cash-strapped BEST, save a few retiring buses from the boneyard and, more than anything in the world, stop the commuter from soiling the walls or holding their pee.
Bring Back The Bling
In a city...