The first disable friendly highway restroom opened today at Tamchoe, Paro.
The toilet built with a traditional architecture has user friendly basins for those on wheelchairs with a hand rail, a ramp and wider door. The toilets also have sensor taps.
Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) began the construction work in mid-June last year.
A TCB official said that Tamchoe was one of the first areas visited by tourists while travelling from Paro.
She added that the spot can also benefit travelers taking long journeys. “If there is a need for toilet along the highway anywhere in the country, we would like to collaborate with dzongkhag administration to construct restroom facilities.”
The toilet was handed to Bhutan Toilet Organisation (BTO) on December 6 for management.
Executive director with BTO, Passang Tshering said that although toilets are built with enough facilities, due to lack of proper management, many toilets are in ruins.
He added that BTO would be responsible for the maintenance and security of the toilet at Tamchoe. “This toilet should be a model to other toilets in terms of infrastructure and management. This is a model to be followed.”
The toilet will be available for travelers with a minimum usage charge. BTO will manage healthy sanitation by making soaps and toilet papers available.
Passang Tshering also expressed the need for a cafeteria for the sustenance and better management of the toilet. “It is not convenient for the person taking care of the toilet. He has to come from a far place and there are cases of vandalism.”
The plans for a cafeteria at the area is still under discussion. If approved, the official from TCB said that TCB would support the construction.
This will be the first toilet to be managed by BTO.
Passang Tshering, said that toilets in any organisation should be encouraged to be built disabled friendly. “Bhutan should be a disabled friendly country.”
The toilet was built at a cost of Nu 2.7 million.