Kathmandu, June 9
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and Nabil Bank have reached an agreement to allow the general public to use the bank’s toilets at all its branches in Kathmandu for free.
With this, Nabil Bank has become the first bank in the country to allow its toilets for public use.
As per the agreement, ordinary public can use toilets at the bank’s all 17 branches including its central office in the city for free for five years. The service is completely free and the bank will bear the costs of repair, sanitation and water management.
Following the election of Balendra Shah to the post of KMC mayor, the metropolis urged and intensified cooperation with the private sector in a bid to address problems of public toilets in the city. As per the effort, the private sector has been asked to open their toilets for public use for free.
For uniformity and identification of private toilets that have been allowed for public use for free, ‘Sarbajanik Shauchalaya’ (Public Toilet) against the blue background has been written in the Nepali language.
As per the decision taken by the first meeting of the KMC under the leadership of Mayor Shah, 58 public toilets within the city will be reused after repair, and 60 more will be open for public use for free through cooperation with the private sector, said the KMC administration chief Mahesh Kafle.