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More toilets downtown for females

SHANGHAI will alter the ratio of cubicles in public toilets in downtown areas to cater to the needs of women, public sanitation officials said yesterday.

Based on experience from the 2010 World Expo, public toilets on busy streets and in stores have had one stall for men versus two or three for women, officials said.

This proportion was used in the Expo zone with good results.

"We are gradually renovating public toilets on major business streets and business complexes have expressed concern about the ratio of male and female cubicles," said Zhang Minhao, director of the Shanghai Public Sanitation and Environment Quality Monitoring Center under the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

Zhang said the bureau is responsible for some 2,800 public toilets in the city and all have offered free service since 2010. Privately owned toilets charge fees in line with the pricing bureau's regulations.

The operation and management of public toilets are paid by the government.

"Public toilets are a window to the city and good hygiene is important to the city's image," Zhang said. "We strictly manage public toilets, creating a good environment for everyone who answers the call of nature."


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