Finding a restroom when you are out and about is one hell of a challenge, especially when you are venturing out in large cities. In fact, you might even think twice before roaming out at all if you have no idea where the closest restrooms will be. But you don’t need to worry about that anymore because, like always, technology has got you covered.
Locating public toilets around you might get much easier with this upcoming mobile application.
According to media reports, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is set to launch a public toilet finder app that will help locate public toilets across the entire province.
We’re thrilled to have developed the KP Public Toilet Finder App with the WatSan Cell through the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program and can’t wait for the launch on 19 Nov #worldtoiletday ! @kpitbgov https://t.co/QIm4gkS5xz
— Code for Pakistan (@CodeforPakistan) November 9, 2019
The announcement was made by Kamran Bangash, who is an assistant coordinator of water and sanitation services cell (W&SC) of the KP government.
Bangash said the application was the first of its kind in Pakistan and that it aims to help provide a healthy atmosphere to the people, especially tourists and keep them safe from diseases. The goal behind the application is to ensure that the province remains clean and help protect the environment from degradation.
The app will have all the data about all public toilets across the province. As soon as the user opens the app, they will be able to see all public restrooms in their vicinity on a map. The app would provide key details to the user, such as the gender it supports and facility for disabled persons.
Imran Ullah Mohmand, the Assistant Coordinator of W&SC, explained how similar apps are already being used throughout Australia and India to facilitate the masses. However, in Pakistan, the application would be the first of its kind to be released on an administrative level.
Imran Ullah explained that it is a part of PM Imran Khan’s digitalization campaign to make KP a paper-free province.
According to him, initiatives are being taken and all available resources are being utilized as per the vision of PM Imran Khan to make the country look more clean, green and developed. He further added that besides the app, devices to measure air pollution in the provincial capital are also set to be installed soon.
Imran also hinted about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa becoming an IT hub in Pakistan and Asia soon. He even offered to provide assistance to other provinces in developing such an application if they wanted to do so.
Technology is a beautiful thing—and so is emptying a bursting bladder in a nearby restroom when you really can’t keep it in anymore. It is great to see our provincial government finally resorting to the use of technology as a modern-day solution to social problems. Here’s hope that our government will take more advances to digitalize the country and bring ease to the public.
The app is set to release on November 19. If you are someone who go outs more often, you should have it on your phone; so you won’t get caught short next time you’ve got to go when you’re on the go.