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Putting Toilets on the Map- August 2013

The Corporation of Chennai lacks adequate data on public toilets in the city. The municipality does not maintain a central repository of data on the number of public toilets, their locations and their facilities. This data is housed at zone-level offices and often even with different public-service agencies. As a result, the municipality does not collect the data it needs to plan for new toilets and enforce maintenance.

We have been working with government officials from zones and wards to identify the locations of existing toilets and also propose locations for new toilets. Government officials identify the location on a map, the data they create is digitized and processed into maps that be used for planning purposes.  We have completed this process in two zones in the city.