They say necessity is the mother of all inventions. And this is exactly what drove IAS couple Vipul Ujwal and Sonali Giri to create an app that does the most important thing for nearly every Indian – find a public toilet.
The idea struck the couple when Sonali went on a futile and frustrating search in Delhi Connought Place area for a lavatory. Vipul says:
“My wife wanted to use the washroom and we simply couldn’t find one. That’s when it struck us that there is a need for the government to release an app which gives detailed information.”
They can also rate the toilets on hygiene, infrastructure and safety and whether it has additional features such as seats for the differently-abled or the availability of sanitary pad dispensers.
“If user ratings are bad or slide considerably, the app would flag these toilets to the respective urban local bodies, which will have to remedy the situation. The idea is to not only to locate but also improve the toilets, most of which are not maintained well.”