Swachh Bharat Toilet Locator: An initiative for Ministry Of Urban Development (MOUD).
Swachh Bharat Toilet Locator is an app to help anyone, who is searching for a public toilet all over India. The locator will track down and display a list of nearest public toilets, and allow for user rating on hygiene, infrastructure and safety. It have filters providing information on whether the toilet is Indian or Western-style, free or paid, and whether it has additional features such as seats for the differently abled or the availability of sanitary pad dispensers.
If user ratings are bad or slide considerably, the app would flag these toilets to the respective urban local bodies, which will have to remedy the situation. The idea is to not only to locate but also improve the toilets, most of which are not maintained well, in keeping with the PM’s plan for a country free from open defecation (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).
Before this mobile app launch, anybody who wanted to use the washroom , simply couldn’t find one. There was no listing of public toilets (Utilities) in India on any platform.
The first phase of the app will have information on 5,162 clean, decent toilets in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and 441 and 703 in Indore and Bhopal, respectively. The service will also provide additional information such as quality rating, facilities available, free or paid usage and navigation directions.
The data thus collected has been shared with Google, with the initiative named as google toilet locator. With this, apart from Mobile app, the data will be available on Google Maps, with the option for users to rate the cleanliness of the public utility.
All the toilets are physically verified and images of toilet place are attached to the description to let you pin point the exact location.
SBTL app: The story.
They say that “Usually, the best ideas come from having to fix a really hard problem”. This is what happened in the case of “Swachh Bharat Toilet Locator (SBTL)”.
A young administrative officer couple, while in a busy delhi market wanted to use the washroom but could not find one. That is when it struck them that there is a need for the government to have an app, which could help in this kind of situation.
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