Umaisar Gull Ganie
Qazigund: Sep 20: Lack of toilet facilities in Kund Kraloo area of Qazigund Town in District Kulgam of South Kashmir posing risk to public health.
Urban local bodies department Kashmir has failed to implement Swachh Bharat Abhiyan as there is no such facilities of toilets in the areas falling under municipal committees and councils.
Kashmir has three municipal councils and 31 municipal committees. However, people from various areas complained that the department has no presence on ground when it comes to implementation of various state and centrally sponsored schemes for public welfare.
“It is difficult for us to walk due to the foul smell emanating from the garbage heaps. Living at places surrounded with filth increases the health risks,” said Aabid Rashid, a local of Kund Karloo.
The lack of the toilets is equally annonying the women folk, who don’t have toilets for them in Kund Kraloo Village.
“Women, in particular, are suffering because of the lack of this necessity in our village. Toilets are as essential as food for humans. Sadly, no government has ever paid any attention towards this basic need, said Dilshada Banoo, a household.
The locals also said that that an open drain has become breeding ground for mosquitoes. While the drain carries constant discharge of sewage.
However locals appealed to the concerned authorities to pay immediate attention towards there demand.
While contacted with block official he told that “higher authorities have sanctioned 296 flash points in 2011 In which we issued 100 flash points for Kund Kraloo village”.
Meanwhile he also added that “in future we will sectioned more flash points for this village”.