Center launches ‘Toilets 2.0’ campaign in Bengaluru

Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.  File.

Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri. File. | Photo credit: Vibhu H

Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Hardeep Singh Puri launched the Toilets 2.0 campaign at a national event organized in Bengaluru, Karnataka on the occasion of World Toilet Day 2022 on Saturday.

The campaign aims to change the face of public and community toilets in urban India through collective action involving citizens and urban local authorities.

“India goes beyond the Open Defecation Free (ODF) story. Clean and safe public toilets and public spaces will improve the experience and quality of public life, which is why I am delighted to launch the Toilets 2.0 campaign,” he said.

Roopa Mishra, Joint Secretary, MoHUA, said the campaign will empower and bring together states, cities and citizens to continue a rich legacy of sanitation under the Swachh Bharat mission that will write India’s Toilets 2.0 journey.

The campaign has five thematic areas: ‘People for toilets’, which focuses on the cleaning and maintenance of communal and public toilets, ‘Partners for toilets’ focused on the acceptance of public toilets, a design challenge under the theme ‘Design toilets’, ‘ Rate your toilet’ for promoting user feedback to improve public toilets and ‘My thoughts – our toilets’ which will try to collect public opinion for toilets.

World Toilet Day 2022

The Government of Karnataka marked World Toilet Day 2022 with a workshop on sanitation management at Ashok Hotel in Bengaluru on November 19, 2022. | Video credit: Bharath Gowda BR | The Hindu

The People for Toilets program is an inter-city community and public toilet cleaning and maintenance competition that recognizes top performing cities.

The aim of the Partners for Toilets theme is to create partnerships with potential organizations for the adoption of communal and public toilets for, among other things, intermediate cleaning, annual operation and maintenance, one-off financial support, beautification activities, innovation and feedback.

Organized in conjunction with the Council of Architecture, the Design Challenge invites submissions from architecture students and practicing architects to design ambitious toilets in the two categories of public toilets and community toilets. The top designs will be turned into a compendium for cities to consider for their facilities.

Rate Your Toilet is for promoting user feedback to improve public and community toilets, while My Thoughts – Our Toilets is a general audience survey of citizens in public toilets across the country.

A questionnaire about citizens’ aspirations for toilets will be available on the MyGov platform for the public to answer. The survey results are expected to help states and cities understand gaps and provide course-corrective action.

At the end of the survey, an IA Champion of Change certificate is awarded to the participants.

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