Vietnam hub to build 11 new public restrooms

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities said Monday 11 new "high-quality" public restrooms will be built in the city to serve local people and foreign tourists.

The Department of Transport has been tasked with the building of the restrooms, which will have ATM booths inside.

The restrooms will be located at parks such 23/9, Tao Dan, Le Van Tam and Gia Dinh as well as in Cho Lon -- Chinatown -- and the Dam Sen Bus Stations.

Bui Xuan Cuong, deputy director of the Transport Department, told Thanh Nien that local banks will pay all the costs to build the restrooms, estimated to be VND800 million (US$37,950) for each 60-square-meter unit.

Once put into use, the restrooms will be open free of charge to local people and tourists.

Three of the 11 restroom are expected to be finished before the official Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which will be January 28 to February 5, 2014.

There are around 170 public toilets in HCMC, which receives more than 60 percent of the country's total number of tourists.

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