Public Toilets: A Rarity.

Since the topic of rain has been covered extremely well here I figured it was time for something else.

I noticed a Public Toilet at NIPA the other day. Turns out it’s an initiative taken by the Nazim of Gulshan-e-Iqbal. I don’t know if they charge anything for using them but the toilets are manned by two people who go in and clean it up after someone’s been in to use them.

According to Asia Water Wire, CPLC has built 28 toilets in Karachi in the past three years. Has anyone seen them? The only public toilet I remember seeing is somewhere in Saddar. Used to see it on my way to school and filthy doesnt even begin to describe it. Just the exterior was enough to make anyone want to puke.

I seriously hope this initiative is picked up by other Nazims.

11 Comments so far

  1. Amir (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    I have seen a public toilet sign at drig Road Station entrance.But I never dared to see it from inside ;)

  2. Karachiite (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    Well there are several at Sea View…and are somewhat clean..though when there’s a lot of rush it’s hard to keep the cleanliness. But not bad for emergenices. Charged at PKR 5.00 per use.

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

    they are built at quite a lot of places.. the one i’ve seen is at Boat basin, its relatively quite clean.

    P.S. If you really do want to go to a *cleaner* washroom, use the ones at one of the fast food outlets. Since we’re out most of the time (me n my friends) we scoped out the ‘most usable’ washrooms around the clifton area.. Top of the list were Dunkin Donuts, and KFC. Others include Pizza hut, mr burger and mcdonalds. Somtimes you have to buy something to be able to use them.. other times, just asking nicely would do. Ofcourse, if you enter and make a beeline for the washroom.. usually no one stops you :D

  4. Kidal (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

    How are washrooms in mosques. There are mosques everywhere. I suppose their washrooms would be relatively clean. No?

  5. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    I think it’s about time that somebody created a list of all the ‘usable’ public toilets around Karachi for everyone’s benefit.

  6. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 12:03 am

    only once i had to use the public washroom in karachi and i was in saddar so i went to one of the mosques. it must have been ok because i dont remember anything bad about that experience.

    by the way, the situation is not so bad for the guys because there are plenty of mosques around in khi. but what about the ladies. how the hell do they cope with the lack of public restrooms.

  7. Saya (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 1:05 am

    i guess the only solution is…dont go out too much…or if plan to..then stick to fast food joints or clubs where you’re a member of, or even hotels.

  8. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 2:37 am

    when am out i prefer using washrooms of sheraton, PC, nearest KFC or McDonalds !! free and clean like hell :D

  9. yo yo (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    Sabzi Mandi was a big open air restroom for the patrons. Sadly it is gone now. But all that refuse collected over decades helps keep the new park green.

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    yo yo: LOL!!!!!!!!!

    kidal: most of them are very unusable :S u cant even go near most of them in khi… :(

  11. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 12:36 am

    “Sabzi Mandi was a big open air restroom for the patrons”

    Man it was bad, for 2 years i used to pass sabzi mandi to go to st. pats. i used to hold my breath while passing through that “Open air restroom”.

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