Ahmedabad’s ‘Pee-And-Get-Paid’ scheme and a few other brilliant ways to prevent public urination
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has come up with a rewarding idea to prevent people from peeing in public.
In the city’s 67 most vulnerable spots with a public toilet nearby, the AMC will implement its pee-and-get-paid scheme.
In a bid to make people relieve themselves in public toilets— which few do—the AMC standing committee has undertaken the novel project where they will reward the person with a rupee for having used the public toilet for urination.
Though Indians have earned a worldwide name for their audacity of peeing wherever they want—to top it all, we have peeing Javeds who can even go to the extent of killing anyone who shames them while taking a leak in public– the world doesn’t have a dearth of such offenders.
India has even roped in its gods and goddesses and allotted them the nooks and crannies that are prone to public pee-ers.
However, there are brilliant other examples to deal with them too. Check these out:
When Nepal became Ahmedabad’s pee-inspiration
Before Ahmedabad, Darechowk (near Kurintar in Kathmandu, Nepal) came up with this innovative weapon of preventing the public urinators. Members of Sewa Nepal, a local NGO, initiated the scheme of giving a rupee to each person who took a leak at the public toilet.
Rajasthan drums, whistles to give the wrongdoers a lesson
Jhunjhunu Zila Parishad in Rajasthan employed its volunteers to tackle the menace in a new way. The campaigners blew whistles and beat drums when they found any person urinating or defecating in public. They stood behind the guilty parties and let out noise embarrassing them. The offenders’ names were read out on public address systems too
The pee-shooters of Mumbai
Anti-public urination activist group Clean Indian launched a campaign in Mumbai last year where the activists were seen patrolling the streets of Mumbai on a vehicle called Peeing Tanker.
It had a huge water canon that flashed the sign “You Stop, We Stop”. The masked vigilantes shot water at anyone who was caught using the outdoors as a toilet.
Here’s how they did it:
All we can say is “pani ka jawab pani se”!
These walls in Germany pee back at you
Coated with a new hi-tech paint, the walls in Hamburg are pee-proof. The hydrophobic paint makes the urine bounce back on the urinator. The invention that came to pass early this year comes handy especially shooing away the night-revelers who are a public nuisance. So, beware wildpinklers (this is how Germans address the public urinators) unless you want to have a nasty splash like this:
Brazil believes in pee power
When public urination became a menace at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, AfroReggae, one of the Carnival’s organsiers broached the topic of generating electricity from urine.
Their floats at the 2013 event introduced the first carnival music truck powered by urine. It had turbo-charging urinals that converted pee into electricity which ultimately powered the float’s sound system throughout the festival. The revelers then flock to the specially designed urinals instead of peeing on the streets to keep the party and music going.
Sacred Arabic signs hold Bangladesh back from peeing
Last month the religious affairs ministry in Muslim-majority Bangladesh ordered to replace signs in Bengali language with identical messages in Arabic in a hope that it will have a visible effect on stopping people relieving themselves on the roadsides and walls. Arabic as the language of the Holy Quran is sacred and thus people have high regards for it, what if most of them are not able to read the language.
So, zip it up guys before you find the right place to relieve yourself.
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