3:03 pm - Monday August 23, 1227

Stimulating public toilets at CNG filling stations

WaterAid Bangladesh in association with Dhaka North City Corporation has inaugurated a modern public toilet at Zaman Filling Station in the city, funded by H&M Foundation, today. It is one of its kind sanitation facility built at a CNG filling station to support travelers with a safe, clean and well-equipped washroom, free of charge.Md Mesbahul Islam, CEO, Dhaka North City CNG_Refuelling_Station_in_DhakaCorporation, inaugurated the public toilet in presence of Mr Masud Ali Khan, President, CNG Filling Station Owner’s Association and Dr Md Khairul Islam, Country Director, WaterAid Bangladesh, in a modest ceremony.This is a full-fledged toilet facility equipped with modern amenities and a separate chamber for women. The entire area has been brought under CCTV surveillance and contains smoke detectors in the toilet chambers for user safety. There is also a safe drinking water facility in the compound, designed with water-efficient faucets in consideration of the environment. Two caretakers, including a female, have been appointed to maintain this facility on a shift basis, and boost the confidence of female pedestrians or passengers to use the facility without hesitation or fear.

This is a full-fledged toilet facility equipped with modern amenities and a separate chamber for women. The entire area has been brought under CCTV surveillance and contains smoke detectors in the toilet chambers for user safety. There is also a safe drinking water facility in the compound, designed with water-efficient faucets in consideration of the environment. Two caretakers, including a female, have been appointed to maintain this facility on a shift basis, and boost the confidence of female pedestrians or passengers to use the facility without hesitation or fear.

Dhaka city has 142 CNG filling stations; most of them have no or very minimal toilet facilities except a very few, according to a study conducted by WaterAid Bangladesh. If these CNG stations can come up with useable toilets with separate chamber for women within their premises, they can serve a lot of people on the road. This can eventually change the landscape of the city.

 

In this backdrop, WaterAid Bangladesh sensitised Zaman Filling Station to undertake this initiative and build this modern toilet to help commuters. Notably, WaterAid Bangladesh has rebuilt a number of public toilets in different strategic locations of Dhaka with support of Dhaka North and South City Corporation under the banner of project SUNRISE funded by H&M Foundation.


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