Increasing Utilization of Constructed Toilets

The recent survey released by NSSO has outlined that only 46% of the toilets constructed in rural areas last year are being used while the usage percentage is 50% for urban areas.

With this post, we would like to seek specific inputs from you on what can be done to increase the usage percentage of these constructed toilets.

There are several challenges including awareness, behavioural change, availability of water, effective monitoring, etc.

If you have specific inputs based on your experience or you can find out from your staff, people who have recently gotten a toilet, do share with us.

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Dear Friends, In order to increase the use of constructed toilets,the following measures are suggested from my own exprience, 1.Regular cleaning of toilets to make it readily usable, for this a system has to be devised as done in the case of Sulabh SHAUCHALAYAS. 2.Peaple must be educated about cleanliness and hygine and its effect on individuals health.In villages , they defacate in open which creates unhealthy environment ,IF NECESSARY A FINE MAY BE IMPOSED to debar such persons in doing so. regards RAM NARESH more  
There should be ways to maintain it by attendants. At least a few persons get employment. Swatch Bharat will also happen keeping it clean. more  
1. Ensure that the toilets are monitored 24 hours, and maintained properly. 2. Charge fines to people who are found defecating or urinating in open. more  
DRDO came up with a great bio-toilet design, the government should promote it and popularize it using top movie strars, netas, sports celebrities. For public toilets, for schools, etc. this would be great. Of course, after installing a few, one has to check if they are effective, being maintained properly etc. Just "we have spent so much public money, and have put lakhs of toilet in the sky" is not enough. Go and give surprise visits (obviously, not to the toilet users, he would have a heart attack), evaluate what is wrong, solve the issues, then put lakhs of them. Use the slogan "Designed and Made in India, and does its job well." With some cute Bollywood actor's smiley face. People will use them. Please take my suggestions, I know our people very well. more  
There is no proper disposal of urine and excreta from most public toilets and the stink discourages users. The Gates Toilet challenge came up with many innovative and ecological designs that should be studied and contractors trained to apply them. more  
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