“We hit upon the idea of having mirror boards to prevent them from using the place as a urinal.”
Apart from messages urging the public not to use the spots as urinals, the mirror boards also display a QR code which once scanned by the people using their smartphones, guides them to the nearest public toilet in the vicinity.
BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar said that the corporation had hit upon the idea in a meeting held to discuss ways to improve the cleanliness in the city, with special focus on the spots which were being used as urinals by the public.
Karnataka: As part of Swachh Survekshan 2020, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) has installed mirrors in five locations across the city to deter people from urinating in public and eliminate public urination spot. pic.twitter.com/QdYtOZkfLc
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“We found that despite repeated cleaning of those spots they continued to be used as urinals by the people. We, therefore, hit upon the idea of having mirror boards to prevent them from using the place as a urinal and, in addition to that, we also display a QR code for the location of the nearest public toilet for them to use,” Kumar told media.
The BBMP Commissioner also said that the corporation is building more public toilets in the city.
“We have 463 public toilets available in various parts of the city, however, there is a need for additional toilets to be built in the city considering the size. We are in the process of constructing public toilets and we are also asking the public and private companies as a part of CSR initiative to join this initiative. We have also put in place many e-toilets,” he said.