Google will do a pilot run of the feature first in Delhi NCR starting sometime between November 16 to November 30. You will be able to locate clean toilets using Google Maps either around you or in any location. The feature is being introduced in collaboration with MoUD under the Government of India’s “Swachhata Pakhwada” or Cleanliness Fortnight campaign.
The Toilet Locator will pick up public restrooms in malls, petrol pumps, metro stations, hospitals and the likes and show them on Google Maps.
An official told IBTimes mapping the toilets in the NCR region was almost over. All users need to do now is fire up Google Maps and search for toilets near them using keywords ranging from ‘toilets’ to lavatory, swach, swacchata, shulabh or shauchalay and Google will display the nearby restrooms on the map.
Mapping the toilets is a crowdsourced effort and anyone can update the database. People can also rate the cleanliness of the toilets they last searched for, or even leave a review if you are feeling particularly poetic about the dump you just took.
It’s still not clear yet when the feature will be available to the rest of the country. “Mechanisms are in place for the facility to be scaled up, and for it to reach all the 2,041 urban local bodies of the country,” IBTimes reported.