Google Maps Toilet Locator App launched for public toilets

Q.  Which of the following is a measure recently launched regarding urban public toilets?
- Published on 23 Dec 16

a. Toilet Locator App
b. Toilets with wi-fi
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

ANSWER: Toilet Locator App
  • With construction of individual and public and community toilets in urban areas getting on to fast track, Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) today moved to a new level of improving ‘ease of access to public toilets’.
  • Minister of Urban Development launched ‘Google Maps Toilet Locator App’ to enable people to locate the nearest public toilet for use in five cities in National Capital Region and Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Shri Naidu said this facility now available in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida and the two cities of Madhya Pradesh would help in addressing open urination and open defecation.
  • Using the key word ‘Swachh Public Toilet’, users can access 5,162 public toilets located near malls, hospitals, bus and railway stations, fuel stations, metro stations and public and community toilet complexes in the five cities in NCR and 703 in Bhopal and 411 in Indore.
  • The App also gives information about the nature of the toilet seat available, free or pay for use, working hours etc.
  • This facility will be extended to other cities in due course. Ministry of Urban Development has partnered with Google to enable this service.

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