ANANTNAG: Municipal committee Pahalgam (MCP), the main agency responsible for the sanitation and cleanliness of the tourist destination, has started repair and restoration of the defunct public toilets in the area, with seven of them made functional in the last two days.
The committee has also fined several drivers who were found washing their vehicles in the Lidder river.
The development came after Kashmir Reader reported that public toilets at the picturesque tourist destination were defunct and causing inconvenience to the tourists and the people associated with tourism.
This report also mentioned the malpractice of vehicle washing in the Lidder waters going on under the nose of the authorities concerned.
Insiders in MCP told Kashmir Reader that the authorities acted on the report and started repairing all defunct toilets. They have already made some toilets functional in the town, they said.
Executive officer MCP, Tariq Ahmad Itoo, said that they were on toes for the last two days to restore all the defunct toilets.
“During the last couple of days, we have made functional at least seven toilets that were either defunct or unusable. Despite rains, we carried out the necessary repairs of these toilets and ensured that they are functional,” the executive officer told Kashmir Reader.
He said that remaining toilets would be made functional in the next couple of days.
“Some of them also require cement work which was not possible amid rains. But I will ensure that all the toilets blocks are restored in next two or three days,” Itoo said.
He admitted that tourists were suffering due to the defunct toilets in the area.
The officer also said that municipality officials have also imposed fine on several people found washing their vehicles in the Lidder.
“I have directed my officials to keep a check on vehicle washing on Lidder banks in Pahalgam. Three drivers found indulging in illegal practice were fined Rs 500 each on Saturday only. We will also install signboards at main spots in Pahalgam warning against washing of vehicles in Lidder waters,” the executive officer said.
He said he has issued an order banning washing of vehicles on banks of the Lidder.
“Besides imposing fine, we have also decided to get the offenders booked under the relevant law,” the officer said.