Armenian taxpayers paid 124 million drams (about $310 thousand US) for two high-tech super-cool toilets, which were placed near TaTever ropeway in Syunik region and next to St. Grigor Lusavorich Church in Yerevan.
Deputy Minister of Economy Ara Petrosyan confirmed the information today. The official also underlined that the new acquisition is of great importance for boosting tourism in Armenia.
The cost of using the toilet is 200 drams. So it will take 620,000 tourists eager to use the facilities to recover the costs.
While I have always been for placing toilets and other facilities in important tourism destinations, it feels depressing to know that this toilet costs ten times more than my house. I bet the government could instead build 30 toilets instead in many much needed locations.
PS: Worse yet is the understanding that nobody is going to answer for such a gross waste of public money.