Public washroom will be functional within 2 days, work on streetlights starting next week: SMC Commissioner
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has failed to upgrade basic facilities at Pantha Chowk bus stand, leaving commuters and drivers aghast.
Scores of drivers and passengers Monday said that from past nearly 7 years, no development has taken place in the Bus stand area, adding that, both commuters and drivers are facing numerous problems due to the absence of basic facilities.
President Khonmoh Sumo Drivers Association, Shahmeem Ahmad said that the problems faced by the drivers and passengers include lack of public washrooms and streetlights.
“Drinking water facility is not available and no public washroom is functional,” he said.
The lack of proper drainage system results in water-logging in the stand, even during light rainfall, Ahmad said.
“It is difficult for the passengers to walk during rainfall as the entire bus stand is inundated,” he said.
The absence of trash bins is also resulting in collection of waste material on the road. “The passengers and hawkers are forced to throw trash in the open which pollutes the environment,” he said.
President JVC Sumo Drivers Association, Manzoor Ahmad said, “There are no dustbins available in the main bus stand and streetlights are also lacking.”
He said that no basic facilities like dustbins, streetlights, public washrooms, drinking water facilities were provided to passengers and drivers at Pantha Chowk Bus Stand Srinagar.
A commuter from Awantipora area of South Kashmir, Imran Bhat told Rising Kashmir that due to lack of public washrooms in the bus stand people are forced to urinate and defecate in the open resulting in environment pollution.
“Because of the non availability of public washrooms here, we are forced to pee in the open,” he said, adding that it is very shameful and self-insulting for the females.
Speaking on the unavailability of basic facilities at the Bus stand, SMC commissioner Khursheed Sanai told Rising Kashmir that the public washroom constructed in the Bus Stand would be functional very soon.
“The public washroom in the Bus Stand will be thrown open for public within two days. The washroom was lacking water supply which has been installed now and it would be ready for use within two days,” he said.
Regarding streetlights, SMC commissioner said installation of street lights would be started next week.
“I will talk to Power Development Department (PDD) officials about the issue of streetlights and the work will be initiated from next week,” he said adding that because of the frequent closure of National Highway from past 15-20 days they could not get the adequate supply of required materials for the same.
“Under the Smart City project SMC is planning to make the bus stands of Srinagar city people friendly and eco friendly,” Sanai said.