Actor Akshay Kumar has sponsored a mobile toilet near the famous Juhu beach in Mumbai, months after his wife tweeted a picture of a man defecating at another seashore in Mumbai.
Last week, the actor sent an application to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) offering to set up the toilet by bearing all its expenses, assistant municipal commissioner of K-Ward, Prashant Gaikwad, said.
The mobile toilet
"The mobile toilet can be used free of cost"
"We welcomed his initiative and installed the toilet near the Juhu beach four days ago. The actor bore all the expenses, Rs. 10 lakh, for setting up the portable toilet," said Commissioner Gaikwad.
"The mobile toilet can be used free of cost. If anyone comes forward to maintain it, then the facility can be provided on a pay-and-use basis," he said.
Last year Kumar's wife raised the issue of open defecation
In August last year, Akshay Kumar's wife Twinkle Khanna had taken to Twitter to raise the issue of open defecation near the Versova beach in suburban Andheri.
"Good morning and I guess here is the first scene of Toilet Ek Prem Katha part 2," she had tweeted along with a picture of a man defecating on the Versova beach.
Khanna's post came after the city was declared ODF
Khanna had voiced her annoyance after spotting a man openly defecating while she was out on a morning walk on the beach.
Khanna's post had come a month after the city was declared open defecation free.
Notably, during the same period, Kumar had produced the film "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha", starring himself and Bhumi Pednekar, which was inspired by the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.