Women hunt for ‘pink toilets’ in ‘smart’ Srinagar


The Srinagar Smart City aspires to use innovative and inclusive solutions to “enhance the quality of life for its citizens”. However, the situation could not be more different when it comes to facilities for women, particularly ‘pink toilets’ for them.

Smart cities cannot be “smart” if there is a dearth of amenities for women, said Sabeen Gulrez, while Mehvish pointed out that the business centre of the city, Lal Chowk, “has just one or two washrooms”.

According to a Swachh Bharat Mission advisory for public and community toilets issued by the Union housing and urban affairs ministry, there should be one “water closet” per 250 men and one per 100 women.