India taking a step further in digitizing sanitation:57000 public toilets now to be found through google maps


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs along with the ‘Swachh Bharat mission’ had launched a pilot scheme to make it easier to access public toilets. This pilot scheme was launched under Bhopal, New Delhi and Indore in 2016. The collaborative effort now helps in enlisting 57000 toilets on google maps in 2300+ cities.

The google maps team has worked closely with the Ministry in acquiring enough information about the no.of public toilets that could be used. This initiative also helps in enabling a feedback mechanism through Google My Business as google maps allows the user to rate their experience on using the public toilet which would later be shared with the Ministry. The user could give reviews as well which would help the ministry in understanding how to better their experience. To enable a stronger community-based approach Google Maps’ active Local Guides community continues to share feedback on toilets in their locality. Late last year, Google Maps ran a campaign to spur awareness and adoption that resulted in 32,000 reviews, photos, and edits being added to public toilets across India by local guides.

Half a billion Indians are estimated to have quit defecating in the open since the launch of the mission. A survey by a verification agency under World Bank supervision found that 90.4% of villages are open defecation-free, 93.1% of rural households have access to toilets, and that 96.5% of them use these. WHO estimates suggest thousands of lives may have been saved by the cleanliness drive. The digitisation of toilets has made it to be a progressive step in making the country open defecation free.


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