Now find toilets in Coimbatore through Google Maps

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Finding public toilets in Coimbatore became easy with Google Maps as more than 570 toilets have been integrated with the app.

Although the application was launched in October, but to public this facility became available only recently.

The app provides information not only of the public toilets but also of public, community and petrol bunk toilets located nearby.

A team from the Quality Council of India (QCI) had located all these toilets in the city. The team was helped by sanitary workers and other officials.

The pictures of all the toilets are also available on the application. There is also a provision for submitting feedback.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has also announced the conducting of the third round of Swachh Survekshan in January-February 2018, covering all 4,041 statutory towns in the country.

The Coimbatore Municipal Corporation is gearing up for this drive and wants to grab the top position in the survey.

It was ranked 18 in 2016 and 16 in 2015.

“We hope to improve the ranking this year and come in top 10,” said K Vijaykarthikeyan, Commissioner, Coimbatore Municipal Corporation.

Night sweeping, cleanliness of public toilets and community toilets will be given priority.

The corporation is also planning to set up 39 community toilets at a cost of Rs 4 crore and 1,500 individual household toilets.

Rs 7.5 crore has been set aside for solid waste management.

“We have verified most of the applications and some are under process. Construction will begin as the central government has sanctioned Rs 4,000 for each toilet. The state government and the local body contribution is Rs 2,000 each. Apart from this, the corporation requires Rs10,500 per toilet which will be raised using crowd funding websites and corporate funds,” said Sarvana Kumar, Executive Engineer, West Zone.

“We will purchase 1,044 bins of various capacities for an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore. Apart from that, we have already implemented geographic information system (GIS) in garbage trucks to improve waste collection and transportation. Innovative methods such as setting up of kiosks and implementing composting and reducing plastic waste at wedding halls have also been done,” said a senior corporation official.

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