KERALA

Wayside toilets for travellers

The proposed ‘Take a Rest’ toilet complex of Kerala Tourism that is to come up by the wayside across the State.  

Kerala Tourism will construct wayside toilet complexes with restrooms and food courts across the State with a view to providing better service to tourists and travellers.

The complexes, with a plinth area of 500 to 1,000 sq.ft., will have a refreshment area, cloakroom, souvenir shop- cum- information kiosk, ATM, reservation check-in facilities, essential store, bathrooms, medicinal spa, and parking facilities.

Branded as Take-A-Rest, the ‘relax points’ are envisaged on two to 10 cents being made available by government departments, local self-government bodies, and public sector units.

Announcing the project at a press conference here on Tuesday, Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar said the priority would be to set up the complexes on national highway stretches.

Funds were not a problem for erecting the pre-fabricated complexes.

“The aim is to set up wayside amenities centre of uniform standards for the tourists and long-distance travellers moving through the road network,” he said.

Three types of complexes - A, B, and C- had been worked out depending on the extent of land and the facilities offered. The ‘A’ type would cost Rs.50 lakh, ‘B’ Rs.25 lakh, and ‘C’ Rs. 10 lakh and the land need not be transferred to the department, he added.

Kerala Tourism will operate the complexes in the first year with the help of the DTPC and later hand them over to other parties to run it. The aim is to set up at least 10 such complexes in Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, and other districts initially.