AHMEDABAD – A city council in western India has announced to implement a new reward system where residents who use public toilets will be paid as an incentive to reduce the number of people urinating and defecating in the streets.
Ahmedabad, city of India has currently has 300 public toilets for a population of seven million people but many of the city’s residents choose to use public areas to relieve themselves, with walls reportedly smelling of urine.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health officer Bhavikk Joshi said the offer would be trialed at 67 public facilities across Ahmedabad, in western Gujarat, where officers will give a rupee to every user.
“Once successful, the project will be implemented in all the 300 public toilets in Ahmedabad,” Joshi told.
“The Standing committee has given clearance to the scheme and it will be implemented in next 8-10 days,” AMC health department official Paresh Chaudhary told.
The move is the latest effort to motivate people to use toilets after India’s government announced a cleanliness drive last year championed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
UNICEF estimates that almost 594 million people or nearly half of India’s population defecate in the open, with the situation worst in dirt-poor rural areas.
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