For many people who choose to travel by road, finding a decent restroom may often be a problem as comfort stations run by government agencies either face serious maintenance issues or are shoddily equipped. But now here is good news for the travellers who worry about finding a proper restroom during long journeys. It is a mobile application which helps travellers find the nearest such facility, providing them much-needed relief.
The mobile application, KLOO, provides information on nearby restrooms in hotels for the benefit of commuters who look out for a quick relief
Kerala Loo or KLOO is the mobile application launched by the Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA) and Kozhikode district administration, which provides information on nearby restrooms in hotels based on GPS data.
Earlier, the project was launched under the limits of Kozhikode district administration on a pilot basis which was, in turn, picked up by KHRA as part of its social responsibility initiative.
The app suggests nearby restrooms arranged by KHRA as per a simple categorisation done by the district administration based on the amenities and their location details. The mobile app helps the user in finding the direction to the closest restrooms and displays information about hygiene and facilities. The user who is on a journey can scan preferable locations for restrooms for a halt to relieve oneself.
For KHRA, the inspiration to take up the project came from yet another social initiative, ‘Operation Sulaimani’, spearheaded by Kozhikode district administration which gathered massive public support in a short time. Operation Sulainmani was launched with the intention of providing free food to underprivileged people in Kozhikode or those who come on a visit. The Association hopes to garner huge public support for this initiative also just as in the case of Operation Sulaimani. ‘’For most people who travel by road, finding a decent and hygienic restroom becomes a challenge. KLOO will be a great help in that regard,” said G Jayapal, General Secretary, KHRA.
The main advantage of this socially empathetic decision is that one need not purchase anything from the restaurant to make use of the restroom facility.
“Travellers usually hesitate to use loos in restaurants and hotels as they feel that they may need to dine or buy something from there. It is definitely not the case with the hotels and restaurants enlisted in KLOO,” he said. The decision was taken as part of the Association’s social commitment, he added. KHRA members took up the project as a policy decision to make the restrooms of all hotels available for use by commuters.
At present, 100 hoteliers and restaurant owners in Kozhikode have volunteered to be part of this initiative. However, it is not mandatory for hoteliers and restaurant owners to associate with this initiative.
The mobile application is currently available for Android devices and its formal launch will be held soon. According to KHRA, close to 60 per cent of hotels and restaurants in the State have expressed their willingness to be part of the project. “We expect to enlist about 20,000 hotels and restaurants in the KLOO app and thereby increase its efficiency manifold,” Jayapal added. The application has been developed by Frugal Scientific Pvt. Ltd.