Google launches public toilet locator to reduce open defecation in India

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Social media giants Google has launched a feature on its platform that will assist people in India’s capital, Delhi in locating the nearest public toilet.

Reports say the Initiative pinpoints more than 5,000 toilets as part of government’s nationwide campaign against open defecation.

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Google India spokesman Gaurav Bhaskar said people searching for toilets in Delhi can type “public toilet” in Google Maps and access the 5,162 toilets in the capital, as well as its surrounding areas and cities in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

The locations of the toilets are marked “swachh public toilet” on Google Maps.

“The government plans to cover more areas in India with the feature,” said Bhaskar.

“We will update the maps with these locations as and when officials provide us the information.”

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