Soon, you will be able to lo­cate loos on your mo­bile

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/ESTATE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Soon you will not have any dif­fi­culty in lo­cat­ing a pub­lic toi­let in the twin city of Mira Bhayan­dar.

In re­sponse to the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment di­rec­tions, the Mira-Bhayan­dar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (MBMC) has em­barked on an ex­er­cise to enu­mer­ate and map the toi­lets and uri­nals lo­cated at bus stands, parks, petrol pumps, shop­ping malls as well as cor­po­ra­tion-run pub­lic toi­lets and Su­labh toi­let com­plexes.

The com­pi­la­tion will then be up­dated on the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem with Google Maps and mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion that will pin­point the lo­ca­tion of loos near you at the click of a but­ton.

“Our teams are vis­it­ing all the lo­ca­tions and click­ing pic­tures of the toi­lets from three an­gles which will be geo-tagged through a spe­cially de­signed soft­ware.

Apart from gath­er­ing de­tails such as the ward num­ber, street name, ex­act lat­i­tude and lon­gi­tude (geo-tag­ging), de­scrip­tions such as – male / fe­male fa­cil­ity and also if it is dis­abled and child­friendly.” said a MBMC of­fi­cer.

At present, there are around 3,500 toi­let seats in 170 pub­lic loos in the twin city. Civic per­son­nel have been trained by an ex­pert team from the Qual­ity Coun­cil of In­dia (QCI) – an agency hired by the union min­istry for the Swachh Bharat Mis­sion, is work­ing in tan­dem with the MBMC’s san­i­ta­tion de­part­ment in the process of in­tro­duc­ing the ser­vice to cit­i­zens.

An­other team from the Min­istry of Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment (MoUD) will visit the city and ran­domly in­spect toi­lets to ver­ify the au­then­tic­ity of the data.

The gov­ern­ment aims to re­lease the ap­pli­ca­tion on Oc­to­ber 2nd, the third an­niver­sary of the Swachh Bharat Mis­sion.

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