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Now Use Google to Find Washrooms ( Toilets ) in India

Remember the time when you were stuck in a situation where you are unable to locate a clean toilet near you? Well, Google may soon have solution for you in India. The search monster is supposed to launch a new feature called 'Toilet Locator' which will be introduced in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD).

A MoUD spokesperson said:

“The system being put in place relies heavily on crowd sourcing, with people’s feedback helping fuel it. Therefore, if a person finds that a toilet is not clean, he or she can give it a bad review or rating, the facility for which is available on Google Maps.”

According to the reports, Google will start a basic trial of the new feature in Delhi starting from November 16 to November 30. The feature will be integrated into to Google Maps and will let anybody search for a nearby toilet, just as one searches for any other place like Petrol pumps, restaurants, Shopping Malls Bus Stations, Railway Stations on Google Maps. The feature is reportedly being highlighted under Government of India's Swachhata Pakhwada or Cleanliness Fortnight campaign.

A MoUD official claimed that the ministry "is already in the process of rolling out this facility in the NCR region" and it will include public restrooms that are located in metro stations, malls, petrol pumps, and hospitals.

Another official who requested not to be mentioned advised that the process to list the available toilets in the NCR region was "almost over." One of the official explaining the process told IBTimes India, "People will first need to open Google Maps, and then search for toilets near them.

 List of Google Maps Keywords like:

  • a toilet, 
  • lavatory, 
  • swach, 
  • swachhata, 
  • shulabh or 
  • shauchalay, 

and Google will guide you to the nearest toilets." According to the report, the Toilet Locator will be dependent on "heavily crowdsourcing" and will highlight feedbacks collected from people. This means that people will be able to rate the cleanliness of the toilet they last searched via Google Maps, and will even have a review option, just as a user would for any other public establishment on Google Maps.

Unfortunately, there is no word when the 'Toilet Locator' will be accessible to users across India. Though, the MoUD official stressed that "Mechanisms are in position for the facility to be scaled up, and for it to reach all the 2,041 urban local bodies (ULBs) of the country."
Prominently, this is not the first such attempt to offer help to people via an app. Earlier this year, Delhi saw the launch of Find x Toilet app that helped locate a toilet nearest to one's current location.

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