Loo Watch Founder Mayuri Bhattacharjee is on a cool mission to check the health of the public toilets of Kolkata. Here is the first of many Loo Diagnoses.
It might rain or it might shine, and the need to Pee can come anytime! As per various news reports, there are more than 180 public toilets under the jurisdiction of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Do we know how good or bad these toilets are? So, Loo Watcher Mayuri has decided to embark on a mission to check the health of the public toilets of Kolkata. Now, over to her.
Mission Name: Diagnose Kolkata’s Loos
“ On June 13, 2015, I visited the pay &use public toilet at the busy Ruby More (read the Ruby junction) on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. So, let me share my Diagnosis:
The toilet is new and it looks inviting from the outside. The Ladies section has two cubicles and both of them are fitted with commodes, but I feel that there should have been an option for people who prefer squat toilets. The smell inside was ‘Phenylly’ (if you love the smell of lemon scented phenyl, please visit this toilet). The toilet bowl was clean and there was water supply.
- There was no soap.
- The mug was a small container, which was extremely dirty.
- As it was raining heavily, the floor of the toilet was extremely mucky and there was no mat to wipe wet and dirty shoes .
- And last, but not the least, there was no bin. So, if you need to dispose of a used pad there are two choices: Carry the used pad in your bag or just leave it inside the cubicle. Which one would you choose?
Overall I can say that it was better than many public loos that I have visited as a part of my Loo Research. We don’t have a male Loo Watcher in Kolkata yet, so we don’t know how the loos in the Gents section were. I hope to share another rating soon and till then #LoveThyLoo. ”
If you live in another city and want to share your Loo Diagnoses, we would Love to hear from you. Let us bring the focus on our existing public toilets and when we have enough of such reviews in a particular city, we will share them with the powers that be. In due course, with your help we can also develop Loo Maps with ratings for different cities. Sounds cool? Write to us now at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Mayuri is the Founder of Loo Watch. She loves toilets, food and travelling, and hates bad loos, public urination and the sound of chalk on blackboard.