In order to increase the usage of public toilets, it is essential for citizens to be able to locate the nearest toilet. Further to this, it was envisaged that if the data can be made available on a publically available online maps platform, it will provide ease of access to citizens. To facilitate this, MoUD has partnered with Google to provide location of toilets on Google Maps Platform and also has collated community and public toilet data in 5 cities of NCR (Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida. "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
Campaign Shall start for public from 12th July, 2017 Users will get exciting surprises if their feedback is found to be genuine* Cleanest Toilet will be awarded by MoUD at the end of the campaign per ULB*
In alignment with National Urban Sanitation Policy, 2008, the Government of India has developed a vision to transform Urban India into totally sanitized, healthy and livable towns. To achieve this vision, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM - Urban) has been launched by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) on 2nd October 2014 for all 4,041 statutory towns of India. One of the objectives of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM - Urban) is to provide sanitation through the construction of Individual Household/Community & Public toilet facilities across India, to drive towards 100% Open Defecation Free Cities. The Google Toilet Locator was launched by the Hon'ble Minister for Urban Development on 22 December 2016 at the National Media Centre, New Delhi.
The initiative is part of a government plan to improve sanitation and reduce urination and defecation in the streets, which is extremely common since more than half of India's 1.2 billion people do not have toilets at home and more than five million people in Delhi have to relieve themselves outside.