The search giant Google has rolled out a new feature to Google Maps in India that will allow people to find public toilets around them. The initiative comes from the company with an aim to provide easy access to information to peoples in the country and help to improve sanitation.
Users can look out for public toilets around them on the mobile app as well as on computer. This service will be accessible to users both in English and Hindi language. Google Maps currently locate the nearest public toilet in the five cities in NCR (National Capital Region) including Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Noida and Faridabad, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
Using the keyword ‘Swachh Public Toilet’, users can access 5,162 public toilets located near malls, hospitals, bus and railway stations, fuel stations, metro stations and public and community toilet complexes in Delhi-NCR region, 703 in Bhopal and 411 in Indore.
Google Maps also provides information about the nature of the toilet seat available, whether it is free or pay and also informs you about the operational hours of the public restrooms etc. Google said the Ministry of Urban Development plans to continue to provide information about public restrooms for more cities.
Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps, said,
“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. For instance, if you’re traveling on the national highway 8 in Gurugram, locating a public toilet can be challenging and most often the only option is going to nearby restaurants and cafes. Having this information handy can make things much easier.”