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The Gross Toilet Index

The Gross Toilet Index

The sorry state of toilets in public places, which are often stinky and non-functional, calls for the development of a Gross Toilet Index.

The main building of the premier technology institute at Delhi was very impressive – solid and straight – almost Stalinist in its appearance. Austere yet functional. Everything, from the students with their tablets and laptops to the smell of freshly brewed coffee from the Café Coffee Day, was indicative of a with-it, well-managed place. That is, until one went to the public toilet. As one approached the toilet, the invariable and unmistakable stink was overpowering.

Go to any public building in our country and the first thing that strikes you is the abysmal state of the toilets in the building. Even new buildings would soon have toilets which are either non-functional or stinking – or, invariably, both. It doesn’t matter whether the toilets are in universities or in the trains. We just don’t seem to get it right!

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