NRNA Smart Rest Room Project
Fig: Glimpse of handover ceremony of Smart Restroom, Pokhara
Non-resident Nepali Association (NRNA) is a non-profit, social organization established to promote and protect the interest of Nepali Diaspora and Nepalis living across the world officially registered under Foreign Ministry of Nepal and headquartered at Kathmandu, Nepal. The network of Nepali Diaspora represented by NRNA has developed itself into a formidable force that can represent Nepali interest globally. NRNA, ever since its establishment in 2003; has envisioned pooling and utilizing the resources of the Nepali Diaspora for the betterment of the motherland and has promoted and implemented this concept through various socio-economic activities.
Rationale of Smart Rest Room Project:
Toilets facility is a basic necessity but often taken for granted by those who have regular access. Article 30 of the Constitution of Nepal 2072 provides the right to every citizen to live in a clean and healthy environment while Article 35 provides for the right of every citizen to have access to clean drinking water and sanitation. In 2015, the United National General Assembly declared sanitation a universal human right. This means that everyone, everywhere, has the right to a toilet.
Currently, 2.5 billion people globally don’t have access to improved sanitation facilities – meaning more people have access to mobile phones than to toilets. Often, we see public toilets as a matter of public health and hygiene concern only but the unavailability of the public toilet can hinder the overall development process as it is also a part of public service delivery, basic human rights, a matter of mobility and inclusiveness, factor for attracting tourist and a base for a sustainable city.
Many countries in the world now have started doing revolutionary practices in different fields to give people more facilities and make the cities livable. Public toilets are not only an important part of a livable city but also the right of every citizen. But even today, the citizens are deprived of such rights provided by the constitution, and the unavailability of public toilets in cities can be taken as an example. The health of public residing in the cities are at higher risk. Nepalese cities lack public rest room which is restricting the mobility of children, women and elderly people as well as it is inviting more health problems due to open defecation. Weak sanitation has significant health costs so investing in toilets are the measures to address the economic deprivation as well. Improving access to sanitation is a critical step towards reducing diseases. It also helps create physical environments that enhance safety, dignity and self-esteem.
Public Rest Room are facilities which are provided for the floating population/general public in places such as markets, bus stations, tourist areas or other public areas where there are considerable number of human movements. In the tourism industry, the availability of quality public toilet matters a lot. The well designed, accessible, and clean toilet can be proven as a revenue booster of any tourism destination. Pokhara being a tourism hotspot of Nepal needs more public toilets than it has now. The journey of Pokhara Metropolitan City towards a smart city cannot be completed without building smart and accessible public toilets in the main tourism /crowded area. Though Pokhara is naturally beautiful, the unavailability of public toilets in the city can play a negative role in attracting tourists. Unavailability of a public toilet in tourism destinations like Pokhara may lead to creating a negative image on the eye of both domestic and international tourists which affects the tourism industry as a whole. Proper public toilet facility can raise the standard of tourism destination as it is counted as a basic facility for tourists. Tourists who visit Pokhara often complain about the unavailability of public toilets. In view of this, NRNA in coordination with Pokhara Metropolitan City has entered in a partnership approach to build a smart rest room and fast-food project at the central of Pokhara called Mahendrapool. Total estimated budget for the project is about NPR 1 crore in which NRNA will contribute 60% of the cost.
Features of Smart Rest Room:
- – Friendly to person with disabilities and special needs and all gender
- – Provisioned of materials and process with safety and securities of people
- – Smart, contemporary and environment friendly features
- – Smart & environment Friendly features
- – Gender & Disable Friendly
- – Facility of fast-food and rest
- – Attractive to Tourist and visitors
- – Snack Vending Machine
- – Lactation Room
- – Pad Vending Machine
- – All donors are instantly provided with a certification of appreciation through the system and can be shared through social media and can be used for official taxpurpose.
- – All the individual invest more than USD 1000/NPR 100000 are placed in in project venue with stonecarving.
- – All the donors support are shared through social media page of NRNA with their picture and acknowledgement.
|Bank of Kathmandu
|NRNA Charity Fund
|For Smart Restroom Project
|Youth Vice-President, NRNA
|Deputy General Secre-tary NRNA
|Women Secretary, NRNA
|Women Joint-Treasurer, NRNA
|Youth Coordinator, NRNA
|DRC Asia Pacific, NRNA
|Past DRC Europe, NRNA
|Dr. Indira Tiwari
|DRWC Asia Pacific, NRNA
|Muhamad Muktada Musalman
|President, NRNA NCC Qatar
|President, NRNA NCC USA
|President, NRNA NCC Canada
|President, NRNA NCC Australia
|President, NRNA NCC Japan
|President, NRNA NCC Korea
|President, NRNA NCC Hongkong
|President, NRNA NCC China
|Khadka Bahadur KC
|President, NRNA NCC Belgium
|Dr. Nirajan Dhakal
|Purna Bahadur Pokhariya
|IP President, NRNA