Ho Chi Minh City transport authorities are calling for investment from businesses in building 112 high-class free public toilets, where they can install advertising panels for their businesses.
In order to ease the serious lack of quality toilets in the city, the city People’s Committee has recently approved the local transport department’s plan to have 112 five-star washrooms to be built by businesses at bus stations or parks in various districts in the city. These new restrooms will operate from 5 am until 10 pm everyday. In return, the builders of the toilets are entitled to fix a panel of advertisement at the public facilities, the department said. These new facilities have been planned following the successful operation of ten 4-5 star washrooms that have recently been made available in the city. After more than six months putting the ten high-class toilets into operation, the department has received positive feedback from users, the department said. These facilities, each of which is combined with an ATM booth of a bank, are located at the 23/9 Park, Tao Dan Park, and Le Van Tam Park in District 1; Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District; Cho Lon Coach Station in District 5; and Dam Sen Coach Station in District 11. The department had early said each of the toilets would cost about VND800 million (US$37,700), which would be completely funded by the banks involved. Besides the 10 high-class facilities, the city now has about 200 other public toilets but most of them are of poor quality, the department said. Commenting on the department’s calling for investment by businesses in building more high-class toilets, an advertising company in the city said such facilities should be located in places that meet requirements on advertising efficiency. Location is the most important thing in advertising, so where the public toilets will be built should be discussed carefully, said Nguyen Quy Cap, deputy chairman of the HCMC Advertising Association.