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Ho Chi Minh City to build public restrooms on downtown hotspots

Ho Chi Minh City to build public restrooms on downtown hotspots

Friday, April 07, 2023, 08:46 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City to build public restrooms on downtown hotspots
The land plot situated at 8-12 Le Duan Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City is currently vacant. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment has agreed to hand over two land lots under its management to District 1 for the construction of public restrooms.

The two land lots are located on Le Duan Boulevard and Hai Ba Trung Street, according to the natural resources department’s response to a proposal put forward by the People’s Committee of District 1 to build public toilets on vacant lots.

Management of both lots, which are considered prime real estate given their central locations, was transferred to the Land Fund Development Center at the natural resources department in October 2022 following a case of state asset misuse in 2018.

In response to the proposal, the natural resources department said that it was willing to hand over the plots immediately for the public toilet project.

An official from District 1’s urban management office told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that some investors have already shown interest in the project.  

Most of the prospective investors have proposed building one toilet cabin consisting of one restroom on each land lot.

In addition to the two land lots in question, three others on Nguyen Hue and Nguyen Trung Truc Streets were also included in the proposal by the People’s Committee of District 1.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment advised the committee to work with the owners of those three plots in order to establish a plan for restroom construction.

Ho Chi Minh City currently has around 200 public restrooms, including 18 restrooms at 13 markets, parks, bus stations, and residential areas in District 1.

The District 1 People’s Committee estimated that, while about one to two million people travel through the district each day, its public restrooms are only used about 12,500 times per day.

District 1 leaders have persuaded 100 local shops offering food, beverages, and tourism services to let visitors use their restrooms for free.

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Khang Nguyen - Tien Long - Cam Nuong / Tuoi Tre News

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