Centre launches ‘Toilets 2.0’ campaign in Bengaluru

Source: The post is based on the article “Centre launches ‘Toilets 2.0’ campaign in Bengaluru” published in The Hindu on 21st November.

What is the News?

The Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs(MoHUA) has launched the Toilets 2.0 campaign in Bengaluru on the occasion of World Toilet Day 2022.

What is Toilets 2.0 Campaign?

Aim: To change the face of public and community toilets in urban India through collective action involving citizens and Urban Local Bodies.

Thematic Areas: The campaign has five thematic areas:

– The People for Toilets program: It is an inter-city competition envisaged for cleaning and maintaining community and public toilets in which top-performing cities will be recognised.

– The Partners for Toilets theme: It aims to forge partnerships with potential organizations for the adoption of community and public toilets for interim cleaning, annual operations and maintenance, one-time financial aid, beautification activities, innovation, and feedback among others.

– The Design Challenge: It is being organized in collaboration with the Council of Architecture through which entries will be invited from students of architecture and practising architects on designs for aspirational toilets in the two categories of Public toilets and Community toilets. The top designs will be turned into a compendium for cities’ consideration to adopt for their facilities.

– Rate your Toilet is for promoting user feedback to improve public and community toilets

– My thoughts – Our Toilets is a general public survey among citizens on public toilets across the country. A questionnaire on citizen aspiration for toilets will be available on the MyGov platform for the public to answer. The results from the survey are expected to help States and cities to understand gaps and provide course corrective measures.

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