PUBLIC toilets ‘aflush with cash’ – that was the hot topic in the latest budget, which set aside HK$600 million to modernise and spruce up 240 public lavatories over the next five years.
The government plans to refurbish the public latrines in phases, improving ventilation and other facilities, as well as enhancing their cleanliness and hygiene.
But web users are poking fun at the scheme, saying it will cost HK$2.5 million per toilet.
A government source said the lavatories are all located in urban areas and are well used. The toilet renovation projects include the increase of automatic sensor water taps, LED lighting and automatic hand dryers.
One web user said when people are not “civilised”, it would be futile to make the public toilets “look good”.
The public lavatories in Aberdeen Promenade (香港仔海濱公園) and Jockey Club Tak Wah Park (荃灣德華公園) are ranked among the 10 worst in Hong Kong, according to a Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB, 民建聯) survey, done by volunteers, on 67 public toilets managed by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD, 食環衛署) in January and February.
DAB district councillor for Sham Shui Po, Lau Puiyuk (劉佩玉), said the volunteers encountered dirty floors and toilet bowls, foul odours, broken doors and inoperable toilet flushing.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 7 March 2019)
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