A welcome relief for women tourists

Mobile washrooms made from old buses with 3 Indian, 2 Western toilets, feeding and diaper-changing room, napkin-vending machine to be put at tourist spots

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Women’s Day handed over a Sthree Toilet — a mobile toilet built from an old bus — to the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC).

“The Sthree Toilet was built at the KSRTC Workshop, Kengeri recently. The bus was converted into a women’s toilet. The toilet will have a bathroom with a shower for the benefit of women. KSTDC chairperson Shruthi Krishna has also made some suggestions to improve the Sthree Toilet,’’ said KSRTC Chief Public Relations Officer Latha TS.

She said that the KSTDC chairperson has shown interest in having more Sthree Toilets at tourist spots across the state for the benefit of women tourists. “The KSTDC is yet to specify the number of Sthree Toilets required. We will take a call after receiving the proposal from the KSTDC,” she said.


According to the Chief Public Relations Officer, two such facilities were available at Kempegowda Bus Station in Bengaluru and KSRTC Bus Station at Davangere. “Bangalore International Airport Authority Limited (BIAL) provided the funds for converting a scrapped bus into a Sthree Toilet under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. The BIAL

spent Rs 12 lakh on this toilet,” she said, adding that the cost of the Sthree Toilet installed at Davangere Bus Station was borne by the KSRTC.

“We have many scrapped buses but do not have resources. We are waiting for corporate companies to come forward to bear the cost of interiors and other amenities,’’ she added.



Each facility has three Indian toilets and two western toilets. It is equipped with a napkin-vending machine, a feeding room and diaper-changing area. The first facility installed at Kempegowda Bus Station was built by a Pune-based private company.

Appreciating the KSRTC for converting scrapped buses into women’s toilets, Sudha Katva, a social activist who led the protest against Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) in 2014, demanding restrooms for women at Peenya Metro Station, said that authorities concerned should focus on the maintenance of these toilets. “I want the KSRTC management to provide such toilets at taluk bus stations across the state for the benefit of women passengers.”

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