Wuhan spends one million RMB on single luxury public toilet, draws criticism

Updated:Sun, Dec 9, 2012 01:52 AM   By Bernd Chang

Public toilet,Image project

Picture of the luxury public toilet of Wuhan draws national attention. The public toilet, said to cost 1 million RMB, is decorated with white wall, red tiles and even an upscale bell tower. It is a two storey building. The first floor is the toilet providing 8 defecation places for men and women respectively. The second floor is rest room for city sanitation workers.

The luxury public toilet of Wuhan draws criticism from the Chinese netizens. According to Wuhan Chengguan Office , the reason to build such beautiful public toilets is to show the good image of the city of Wuhan. Building view-spot public toilet is one of the Top Ten Culture Initiative View-spot Projects of Wuhan.

 

Recent exposure by microblogging of a luxury public toilet built in Wuhan draws fierce cticism from the Chinese society. The luxury public toilet of western style, located at the crossroad between Jinghan Boulevard and Wuhan Exhibition East Road in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province, is decorated with white wall, red tiles and even an upscale bell tower.

As soon as the picture of the public toilet gets online, it has been retweeted thousand times within several hours. The original post claims the public toilet costs 1 million RMB. Chinese netizens, calling it an image project, wonder if it is necessary to spend so much public money in building such a luxury public toilet.

"What we need is many ordinary public toilet, not one or two luxury public toilet. When we usually have to go several kilometers to find a public toilet, you civil servants put millions of RMB on one or two super luxurous public toilet. We do not need such image project!" tweeted one netizen on Weibo.

In response to internet criticism, an official of Wuhan Chengguan Office (City management office) said the real cost of the public toilet would not surpass 800,000 RMB, and the reason to build such beautiful public toilets is to show the good image of the city of Wuhan. In other words, the public toilets are part of an image project, as claimed by netizens.

"The bricks, tiles and oil used to build the public toilet are common products, only the base and roof cost a little more." the official said, "The public toilet is beautiful, but can not be called as luxury, every peny counts."

The public toilet is a two storey building. The first floor is the toilet having 8 defecation places for men and women respectively. Besides, an exclusive toilet for mother and infant is available. When the mother defecates, she can place her baby on the small bed next to her that can be pulled and pushed. The second floor is rest room for city sanitation workers.

According to the Wuhan Chengguan official, building view-spot public toilet is one of the Top Ten Culture Initiative View-spot Projects of Wuhan. As planned, the view-spot public toilet will be built based on the criterium of "One toilet is one view spot".

 

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