Here comes the ‘big news’ for proponents of ‘digital India’ dream! You do not need to run in search of a loo anymore as the central government, in collaboration with Google, has come up with Google toilet locator that will help people locate toilets.
In a bid to ease the inconvenience by suppressing the urge to defecate, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has launched the Google toilet locator on Thursday, under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The mobile app, which was developed by Google Maps and Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), will have details on just the location of all toilets in NCR-Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. It will be available to users both on desktop and smartphones( iOS and Android). This service will be accessible to users both in English and Hindi language.
According to reports the government is aiming to launch a full–fledged App soon. So far, data on location of 2 lakh toilets has been gathered and it will look to integrate data on all public toilets — even those in private buildings — with Google maps.
The app also has additional features such as cleanliness ratings, whether the toilet is of western or Indian style, or if it is free or paid.
A Punjab-based IAS officer Vipul Ujwal gave the Ministry of Urban Development the idea of a Swachh Bharat toilet locator app more than a year ago.
Earlier this year, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had launched an app that helps locate a toilet nearest to one’s current location as well as allows users to rate the quality and upkeep of public toilets in Delhi.