Google Maps has collaborated with the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) for the ‘Toilet locator’ feature. Over 4,000 communal and public restrooms in Delhi-NCR, Madhya Pradesh have been added in Google Maps. The regions covered include Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Bhopal, and Indore. As per Google, MoUD plans to continue to provide information about public restrooms for more cities.“Working closely with the Ministry of Urban Development, Google is adding the location, address and opening hours of over 4,000 public restrooms to Maps, to provide information to people and help improve sanitation,” a release issued by Google said.Desktop, Android and iPhone
Finding a Public toilet is a tough challenge in India due to poorly planned urban areas. But now Google has made locating restrooms using Maps on Desktop, Android and iPhone is as simple as typing “public toilet”. To make the local people happy, Google Maps has made this feature available in both English and Hindi.
The search giant says “With over four thousand listings covering Delhi NCR including Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh – Indians and foreigners will now be able to easily find the nearest public toilet on Google Maps – both on the mobile app as well as on desktop,”.
Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps, said, “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. For instance, if you’re traveling on the National Highway 8 in Gurugram, locating a public toilet can be challenging and most often the only option is going to nearby restaurants and cafes. Having this information handy can make things much easier.”