Mayor Annisul Huq inaugurates public toilet with a mural, first of its kind in Bangladesh

10 Nov 2016

WaterAid Bangladesh in association with Dhaka North City Corporation has launched another three modern public toilets at city’s busiest area Firmgate, Mohakhali and Shyamoli. Honorable Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Mr. Annisul Huq inaugurated these modern sanitation facilities on 10 November, 2016, Thursday, which are funded by H&M Foundation. The public toilet in the Firmgate area is ornamented with a beautiful mural which is first of its kind in Bangladesh.

Taksim A Khan, Managing Director, Dhaka WASA; Syed Gousul Alam Shaon, Managing Director & Country Head, Grey Advertising Bangladesh Limited; and Dr Md Khairul Islam, Country Director, WaterAid Bangladesh were present at the occasion. In addition to that, Mr. Md. Nasir, counselor, ward- 20; Mr. Faridur Rahman Khan, counselor, ward- 27; and Mr. Habibur Rahman Mizan, counselor, ward- 32 were also present that time.

In the inauguration ceremony Mayor Annisul Huq said, “There is unavailability of land in the city. But modern public toilet will be built through land acquisition if necessary.”

He said, ‘We pledged to build quality public toilets. In this context, we have inaugurated 3 public toilets today. We expect to inaugurate 12 more public toilets within next 3 months. The public toilets which we have inaugurated certainly maintains global standard. We just need to ensure proper maintenance. I am urging local public leaders to take the responsibility.

Dr Md Khairul Islam, Country Director, WaterAid Bangladesh said, “Clean public toilets are a dire need in ensuring public health. City Corporation, WaterAid and H&M Foundation have jointly brought these facility for the commuters. The maintenance will be ensured under the public leaders.”

These visually stunning, female and disabled friendly public toilets in such busy locations of the city are expected to offer visitors with comfort and convenience. These modern toilets equipped with facilities including separate chamber for male and female, locker, hand washing point, shower, safe drinking water facility, 24x7 electricity, CCTV camera, professional cleaner and female caretakers.

This is in continuation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed among Dhaka South City Corporation, Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka WASA and WaterAid Bangladesh to ensure environmental health by proper use of public toilets. 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.