Of­fices urged to ease squeeze on toi­lets

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION -

are in Tianhe and Yuexiu dis­tricts, and in ma­jor streets and busy ar­eas.

How­ever, “most of them are neigh­bor­hood com­mit­tees, ho­tels, restau­rants and hos­pi­tals,” said Han, who is a mem­ber of the Guangzhou com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence.

Many gov­ern­ment build­ings still refuse to open their doors, he said.

He urged de­part­ments to in­tro­duce mea­sures and sys­tems to fa­cil­i­tate the cam­paign, and said the cheng­guan should take the lead by plac­ing signs to wel­come peo­ple to use their toi­lets.

“Apart from con­fi­den­tial and sen­si­tive agen­cies that need armed po­lice at the gates, all other de­part­ments should open their toi­lets to the pub­lic to ease the city’s toi­let short­age,” he added.

A city gov­ern­ment em­ployee, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said open­ing re­strooms to the pub­lic would af­fect op­er­a­tion pro­ce­dures, cause man­age­ment dif­fi­cul­ties and raise gov­ern­ment costs.

A neigh­bor­hood com­mit­tee of­fi­cial in Yuexiu dis­trict said her au­thor­ity does al­low peo­ple to use its toi­lets, but added that no signs will be placed out­side to in­form passers-by.

Han pro­posed the openingup mea­sure in April last year af­ter read­ing in a news­pa­per about how a le­gal aid center in Tianhe had turned away The num­ber of pub­lic toi­lets in Guangzhou, which has a pop­u­la­tion of more than 16 mil­lion. a mother and her 3-year-old daugh­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the girl felt ill and had asked to use a toi­let on the way to the kinder­garten. They were re­fused at the gate, as per­son­nel cited se­cu­rity con­cerns.

Tianhe le­gal aid center has since opened its re­strooms to the pub­lic.

“Se­cu­rity is just an ex­cuse for many gov­ern­ment de­part­ments,” Han said. “Many do not be­long to con­fi­den­tial and sen­si­tive units.”

Han said he would con­tinue to pro­pose the mea­sure to the Guangzhou com­mit­tee of the CPPCC.

Many res­i­dents and tourists wel­come the mea­sure.

Guangzhou, the cap­i­tal of Guang­dong prov­ince, has a pop­u­la­tion of more than 16 mil­lion but has about 1,500 pub­lic toi­lets.

Of­fice worker Chen Hongkun said open­ing fa­cil­i­ties in gov­ern­ment build­ings would help ease the short­age “and would only slightly in­crease their costs”.

Wang Feng, a busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Hu­nan prov­ince, said visi­tors to Guangzhou of­ten find it dif­fi­cult to find a pub­lic toi­let in busy ar­eas, and most turn to ho­tels, hos­pi­tals and fast- food restau­rants.

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