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Trivandrum City Corporation has decided to re-invent women-friendly public toilets, after e-toilets failed to become popular among the womenfolk.
Called as Pink Points, the facility is a combination of shopping space-cum-washroom for women. The civic body will install Pink Points at various selected locations in the city. Pink Points will have a small shop that sells products for women as well as basic stationery and a clean toilet with modern facilities.
The first such Pink Point will come up at Palayam on corporation land near the facilitation centre.
The complex will consist of a passage that connects the shop with the toilet and lady staff will be appointed to run the complex. The complex which measures 4×4 sq ft will have two Indian-model toilets equipped with a mirror, washbasin and facility to dispose sanitary napkins. Apart from these the toilets are equipped with self-cleaning mechanism with the push of a button.
The toilets will be cleaned every one hour. Stickers will guide users to a customer care contact number which can be alerted if the toilet is found to be untidy. There will be exhaust fans and a good lighting system which will run on energy saving mode.
The project will be realized in partnership with Bangalore based-company V care. It will run on Pay-per-use model with a usage fee of Rs3. The corporation is planning to have five Pink Points in the city at a cost of Rs 15 lakh.
The first such Pink Point will come up at Palayam on corporation premises near the facilitation centre. The location of other Pink Points will be finalized depending upon the success of the pilot run.