|A public toilet on Lý Tự Trọng Street in District 1. Photo by An Phương|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — HCM City authorities plan to include the location of public toilets on e-maps and improve toilet services in HCM City.
The vice chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, Trần Vĩnh Tuyến, has asked the Department of Science and Technology to carry out the task after a recommendation from a Tourism Department report.
The city has encouraged multiple hotels, restaurants and stores in central districts to allow tourists to use their restrooms.
However, authorities could not force them to put up toilet signs outside their front doors, Tuyến said.
“Their businesses might be detrimentally affected,” Tuyến said, adding that it would be better for authorities to include locations of public toilets and directions on tourism e-maps.
Tuyến has also encouraged authorities to improve public toilet services since many have not met sanitary standards. Automatic toilet services should also be considered.
Tourists as well as taxi drivers and local residents would benefit from better services, he said.
Lê Thị Thanh Mỹ, deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said that many of the city’s 208 public toilets were in inconvenient sites. — VNS