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Out on the road? Google will guide you to a toilet

The government has decided to make the ‘toilet search’ process easier -- it has asked the Panchayati Raj department to collaborate with Google Maps and update the info related with public toilets on its navigation system.

lucknow Updated: Jul 21, 2017 15:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Panchayati Raj department,Public toilets,Sulabh toilets
Google Maps users have to enter ‘toilet’ in the search menu and it will fetch several results on the phone screen.

Howsoever inane it may sound, the fact remains that searching for a toilet when you are out on the road is one daunting task.

Taking note of this common predicament of people, the government has decided to make the ‘toilet search’ process easier -- it has asked the Panchayati Raj department to collaborate with Google Maps and update the info related with public toilets on its navigation system.

This will help one locate the nearest public toilet in minutes. “Uploading toilet info would help the Google Maps user locate them with ease,” said an official.

“It would be as easy as locating petrol pumps, restaurants and eateries, hotels, shortest routes or the position of traffic on the road.”

“Google Maps users have to enter ‘toilet’ in the search menu and it will fetch several results on the phone screen, displaying their distance as well. One can choose the nearest ones,” an official with the Panchayati Raj department explained.

The map will also display the kind of toilet. “Whether is a regular one or one with AC, or under-construction smart toilets, all info will be displayed.

“Already, some of the toilets have been linked to the maps, while the work to link the others is on,” he added.

Sulabh toilets at Purania road, Sulabh Complex at Cantt flyover, Toilet in Vipin Khand Gomti Nagar, Sulabh complex in Aminabad are a few ones in Lucknow that are already linked to the maps.

Officials said the toilets were linked with the help of special mobile application developed by the central government.

“It is a special mobile application that is mandatory for our staffers to download on their phone. The team surveying the toilets will have to click the pictures and then geo-tag it through the software,” Prashant Sharma, chief development officer (CDO) told HT.

Once tagged, Sharma said, the point or an image—which could be of the government hospital, school or toilet, would be visible on Google map.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 15:55 IST