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In order to encourage more people to enter public toilets to solve "personal problems", Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat in western India, started a new initiative on the 10th: to give money to toilet users. In order to raise people's awareness of "no small places can be casual", the Ahmedabad Municipal Council announced that each person will get 1 rupees (about 1 dime) for the last public toilet.

You can get 1 rupees for a public toilet last time (1 RMB is about 8.6 rupees). Such a good thing is being promoted in the hometown of Indian Prime Minister Modi. According to a report from New Delhi TV on the 10th, this proposal to encourage people to urinate in the toilet has been passed in Ahmedabad, India. The first batch of 67 public toilets in the city became the first batch of pilot projects. If successful, the city’s 300 public toilets will become "public toilets with money."

Public toilets on the streets of India.

Instead of paying for the toilet, the new initiative is not the first in India. The Times of India reported that this project has already been carried out in some villages in Kathmandu, Nepal, and it has been progressing smoothly so far. This makes India, which also has a low usage rate of public toilets, want to imitate this practice. An official of the Ahmedabad City Council told the media that “the motive of the whole plan is to encourage more people to use public toilets and change the habit of urinating and defecation everywhere”. The official also emphasized that “encouragement will go hand in hand with punishment, and those who deliberately urinate and defecate without listening to dissuasion will be severely punished.”

According to Indian media reports, the choice of the first batch of 67 “Public Toilets with Money” is exquisite. Most of them are located near the slums in Ahmedabad. In recent years, municipal agencies and international non-governmental organizations have built many public toilets inside and outside the slums. However, due to reasons such as living habits and insufficient hygiene awareness, the use rate of these public toilets is very low, and some have even been abandoned. In sharp contrast, sewage flows across these slums, and the feces of cattle, pigs and dogs and human excrement can be seen everywhere. The resulting diseases such as dysentery and cholera kill 60 Indians every year.

Indian residents defecated casually in public places.

Since the Modi government came to power, it has always regarded "all people enjoying toilets" as an important policy goal. The government is preparing to allocate about 5 billion rupees in five years to build public toilets nationwide. One of Modi's most memorable remarks was his announcement of support for "toilet before temple."

According to the Xinhua News Agency's client report, United Nations data shows that nearly half of Indians go to the toilet in the open air, which makes them vulnerable to infectious diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid. A World Bank study said,Deaths and illnesses caused by outdoor relief cost India more than US$500 billion annually.

The Indian government launched an online real-time monitoring system nationwide in January this year to confirm the use of public toilets in the country as a measure to improve the overall health status of India.

Right now, the Indian government has doubled the cost of building toilets and has asked many large Indian companies to donate.The goal of the Indian government is to completely eliminate the phenomenon of open toilets by 2019.


But many Indian health experts have repeatedly stated thatOn the issue of toileting, India not only lacks “hardware”, but also “software” cannot keep up. In other words, ordinary people lack hygiene awareness...

According to the BBC report, when investigating people's toilet habits in rural areas in northern India, researchers found that even if some Indians have toilets in their homes, they still urinate in the open every day.

So why are Indians reluctant to go to public toilets?

An Indian man once said this to the Xinhua News Agency reporter in Mumbai:"Don't you think it's so cool to solve physical problems in nature? You foreigners like to stay in a small room like a matchbox and smell the smell. If we are like you, we will feel confined in our minds. For. For Indians, looking up to the sky in nature every day while meditating while solving physical problems, that is our highest state."


So far, many Indians always associate toilets with dirty and blasphemous spirits, thinking that it is the most "reasonable" to "solve" in nature. therefore,How to explain the benefits of using public toilets to the public and form a new lifestyle has become a topic that the Indian government needs to consider at the same time as it builds toilets.Regarding the launch of the “Public Toilets with Money”, relevant officials in Ahmedabad City stated that this is a publicity. “The staff will personally go to the toilet door to pay the money, and at the same time promote hygiene knowledge to people. When it is important, they will naturally choose public toilets."

Article reprinted from huanqiu-com


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