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Public & Community Toilets, an Indian Market Landscape

Public & Community Toilets, an Indian Market Landscape

For partners wishing to gain a preliminary understanding of the public and community toilet landscape, STeP undertook a secondary research study. The research provides important context for partners and informs follow-on research about the opportunity, government purchase/contracting decisions drivers, and a broader mapping of third-party consultants and providers.

Published:
January 2016
Lead:
Jamie Jones
Type:
Study Report

To better understand the market opportunity for sanitation solutions in the public and community toilet market in India, STeP conducted secondary research to map and synthesize publicly available data, characterize the challenges and barriers, understand current schemes and initiatives, and chart progress.

A subset of third-party providers of public and community toilet solutions have also been identified and profiled.

This body of work is being used to inform follow-on research about the opportunity, government purchase/contracting decisions drivers, and a broader mapping of third-party consultants and providers. STeP partners should find it useful in their own market research and planning efforts.

STeP has reviewed and aggregated considerable secondary research and combined this data with targeted insights from primary research conducted with users and stakeholders of public and community toilets in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu to identify potential gaps and opportunities.  Report includes review of:

  • Swachh Bharat Mission objectives
  • Number of public and community toilets commissioned
  • Suggested gap between number of toilets commissioned and those constructed to date
  • Successes in large-scale toilet construction

Summary

  • As urban India continues to experience large population growth, the need for public and community toilet access also increases.
  • The government has commissioned the construction of 252K community and 256K public toilets by 2018.
  • To date, approximately 33% of the sanctioned toilets may have been completed.
  • While it is the legal responsibility of the state governments to build the toilets, the local corporations are often the ones that facilitate implementation.
  • STeP’s findings indicate that partnering with local firms competing for government tenders may be an attractive point of entry for technology partners.

Additional Resources

The STeP Global Testing Protocols and Parameters

One of the primary goals of STeP is to support field testing of advanced sanitation technologies. To support testing of technologies by STeP, as well as by the broader sanitation community, a global testing and protocols guide was created. The guide, developed in collaboration with partners, offers standards, test measures, and recommendations for assessing a full spectrum of operational and performance measures.
India Data: Visualized

As partners build business plans and launch strategies, they may seek additional demographic and climate data to support strategic planning and decision making.  With this resource, STeP has incorporated demographic and climate data into an interactive visualization tool that allows users to gain context and quantify key facts and figures in India.
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