Public Toilets in state being geotagged by GSUDA

In a bid to keep the state open defecation free, the Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) is carrying out mapping and geo-tagging of public toilets to make them more accessible for citizens to help locate public toilets in the state at the tip of their fingers.

Residents and tourists will soon be able to locate washrooms near them at their fingertips with the help of Google map. About 360 public toilets besides those located at petrol pumps, railway stations and bus stands, are being can be located on the service.

Google Maps will provide information on public toilets in across the state. Toilets can be located not just through the app on mobile phones (Android and iOS), but on desktop computers as well.

Nothing could be more embarrassing for a globally-recognised tourist destination – Goa – to realise that none of its villages or urban areas have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under the Centre’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission. Goa being the smallest state and tourist destination is still struggling with the issue of open defecation.
The ‘toiler locator’ feature was added to Google Maps in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and details about 360 communal and public restrooms will be made available soon.

The user will have to just go to ‘Google Maps’ and type ‘public toilet’, ‘toilet’ or ‘sulabh’ (which means accessible), and user will receive a list of all the public toilets near you with photos and reviews, along with their opening hours, address and distance from your location.

GSUDA has almost completed the process of identifying and geo tagging of public toilets in urban areas and now the process will start in rural areas as the information would be digitised and made available on online maps.
“At present, 364 public and communal toilets have been geo tagged and it will be soon mapped on Google to enable citizens and visitors to locate the nearest public toilet in an area. While the step is aimed at reducing public urination, it is important that the toilets are in good condition and hence, the feedback is being sought,” the GSUDA official added.

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.