HO CHI MINH CITY, 28 February 2017: An automatic toilet cabin has been located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City in an effort to raise the standard of public toilets in the southern Vietnamese city.
Local media reported the city’s People’s Committee in District 1 introduced the automatic toilet cabin, last week, the first in a pilot scheme that aims to offer facilities that are compatible with the ASEAN Public Toilet Standard (APTS).
The USD10,909 toilet was installed on the sidewalk at number 116 on Nguyen Du Street.
The automatic toilet cubicle is powered by solar panels attached to its roof.
The exterior of the toilet cabin is covered in stainless steel sheets, while the door are automated and facilities user-friendly for children and disabled people.
The pilot project is part of the city’s preparation to install 200 automatic toilets this year, mostly at bus stations.
Last August, the municipal People’s Committee approved in principle the construction of 1,000 public toilets in the city.
The project aims to solve a serious shortage of public toilets in the city. There are some 350 public toilets around the city, many of them dilapidated and dirty.
Ho Chi Minh City targets 6 million international visitors in 2017. The city welcomed more than 5.2 million foreign tourists last year, a rise of 10% against 2015.