Google To Add Over 57,000 Public Toilet Locations To Google Maps
Aadhya Khatri - Oct 10, 2019
All you have to do is to type “public toilet near me” on Google Assistant, Google Maps, or Google Search and you will see the results
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You must have been, at least once in your life, in an awkward situation of not finding a public toilet in the time of need. That is not anymore as Google has collaborated with the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs and the Swachh Bharat Mission to show the locations of public toilets on Google Maps.
Earlier this month, Google announced that it had added more than 57,000 public toilets in over 2,300 cities around India to Maps. So now, Indians in these areas can search for public toilets as they do for ATMs, metro stations, and petrol pumps.
The pilot project was launched in three cities Indore, Bhopal, and New Delhi back in 2016. This year, it has been expanded to over 2.600 cities.
"With Google Maps, our aim has always been to help people as they navigate and explore the world, wherever they are. And we believe that making information about public sanitation facilities easily accessible to people is a key element for social good -- one that also constitutes the cornerstone of the government's Swachh Bharat campaign to promote clean habits and hygiene," said Anal Ghosh, Senior Program Manager, Google Maps said on the occassion.
All you have to do if you want to make use of this feature is to type “public toilet near me” on Google Assistant, Google Maps, or Google Search and you will see the results.
The search giant has also worked with BSNL to offer free public Wi-Fi to villages in Bihar, Gujarat, and Maharashtra as they have not yet access to this essential utility.
"With Google's ongoing commitment to improve access beyond train stations to villages across India, we have partnered with BSNL to bring fast, reliable and secure public WiFi to villages in Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra," Caesar Sen Gupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users Initiative and Payments had said at the Google for India event last month.