Govt. launches 'Google toilet locator' mobile app
In order to give a push to the government�s Swachh Bharat campaign, Union I & B minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday launched Google toilet locator which will give a helping hand in developing a Clean India.
In order to give a push to the government’s Swachh Bharat campaign, Union I & B minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday launched Google toilet locator which will give a helping hand in developing a clean India.
The app was made available through a partnership between the ministry of urban development and Google. The app enables users to find public washrooms in order to combat the nationwide problem of open defecation and urination.
The app will integrate data on all public toilets--even those in private buildings with Google maps. Toilets listing in 7 cities - Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Indore and Bhopal have been put on the app. 6,200 plus public toilets have been covered in 7 cities through the app.
The app will have additional features such as cleanliness ratings, whether the toilet is of western or Indian style, or if it is free or paid. People across Delhi and NCR region have welcomed the development.
The app enables users to type words such as "toilet" or "lavatory" or Hindi words like "swachh" and "sulabh" meaning clean to access the closest restrooms in the area.
"When you search for 'public toilet' on Google Maps in an area where the service is available, you'll see a list of restrooms near you, including the respective address and opening hours," Sanket Gupta, product manager Google Maps India, said at a launch event in Delhi.
"For instance, if you're travelling on the national highway 8 in Gurugram, locating a public toilet can be challenging and most often the only option is going to nearby restaurants and cafes. Having this information handy can make things much easier," he added.
Critics of this app have said that the use of this service is subject to good network coverage and people knowing how to use maps on smartphones, especially as most of those with no access to proper sanitation are based in rural areas.