Rupee to ‘Pee’: In an innovative move to stop open urination, this state in India is giving people Rs. 1 for using public toilets

| Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 12:45
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AMC to pay Rs.1 for using public toilets

AHMEDABAD: Undoubtedly, India has been criticized across the globe for its one of the dirtiest habits of urinating in public. While some countries joke about it, others criticize us for the same. This has certainly been one of the most daunting tasks for the authorities of India to actually mend this. In spite of several methods introduced by them such as penalizing, naming and shaming, not much difference has been seen in the same. 

Keeping this in mind, Ahmedabad has come up with a fresh initiative. Well, we all have heard of paying a small amount for using public conveniences in different part of the country. But this time, with an aim to put an end or at least minimize open defecation, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will actually do the reverse and pay the user of the toilet. Yes, even though it sounds weird to be true, but this has definitely happened.

The corporation is actually planning to pay Rs. 1 to every person who is using the public toilet with an aim popularize its usage and the initiative will be implemented in 67 nuisance creating spots.  

The AMC sanitary department even intends to publicize the scheme near open defecation sites apart from imposing heavy fines for offenders.

Nepal was the first place to adopt this concept and was a big hit in the Darechowk in Kathmandu. AMC is now planning to harvest benefits on similar lines.

Well, with our people who are a bit adamant on altering their old habits, it would be interesting to see if the move makes any difference. 

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