Google’s Toilet Locator Will Solve India’s Sanitation Problems: Even as India is making strides on the global stage, lack of proper sanitation facilities for all citizens remains an unfortunate reality of the country. But a little help from Google may soon be able to change that.
According to a report from International Business Times, India’s Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is in talks with Google for launching a ‘Toilet Locator’ tool. As the name pretty much gives away, Google’s Toilet Locator will help people find a clean toilet nearby them in major cities and towns across India.
The facility, available through Google Maps, will be run as a pilot project in the National Capital Region (NCR) sometime between November 16 to November 30, the report claims. It’s the same time period which the MoUD will be celebrating as ‘Swachhata Pakhwada,’ or Cleanliness Fortnight.
The International Business Times report quoted an unnamed MoUD official, saying that the initiative will not only include public restrooms and ‘Sulabh Shauchalayas,’ but also public places in metro stations, malls, petrol pumps and hospitals. It’s also mentioned that the process of integrating list of toilets with Google Maps is almost over and the feature would be out within the fortnight.