Muscat: From no public toilets at all, or dirty ones like those in the Ruwi area, the city is ushering in swanky toilets that one will have to pay to use, beginning with Qurum and Azaiba beach areas, where these facilities have already been made operational.
A couple of public toilets have already been established by the Muscat Municipality as a pilot project in Qurum and Azaiba beach areas where people spend their leisure time along with their families and friends. As a project of the ministry of Regional municipalities and water resources, several public toilets will come up in public areas of the city, which already has a population above the 2-million mark, to serve a basic need, said a Muscat Municipality official.
Without divulging any details about the number of public toilets to be established in the city, or the exact time frame, the official said that work was under way on the project. By 2015, there will be tens of public toilets dotting many parts of the city.
The areas to be covered under the project will be public places, including beaches, parks and commercial areas, he said.
If you visit the beach just behind the Hyatt Regency, you can see the toilet, which is a small structure designed by French designer Patrick Jouin of JCDeaux Oman. It is visible prominently.
One can gain access to the toilet by depositing 50 baisa in the coin box located near the entrance. The public door opens and closes automatically. However, the user can open the door at any time by pressing the push button from inside or by using the emergency door handle. Each user must finish his business within 20 minutes.
The facility is air conditioned and disabled-friendly. It has automatic cleaning and disinfection system which works after each use or every 55 seconds cycles.
Continuous use for an hour would generate an income of 150 baisa, and if used for 12 hours in a day, it would generate OMR1.800.
Designed by JCDeaux
In a statement, Hamad bin Salim Al Rasibi, acting director-general of Income and Investment in the Muscat Municipality, said that the municipality was utilising the services of JCDeaux, one of the biggest companies, for designing and developing the public utility facilities.
David Bourg, chief executive officer of JCDeaux Middle East, said that his company has taken up the project which uses most modern technology to play its part to strengthen the programmes of the Muscat Municipality for the beautification of the city and provide best of the services for the people of the city and the tourists.