Sopore: Despite being a rich commercial hub, Kashmir’s apple town Sopore lacks basic civic amenities like a public toilet.
Residents say the situation is reflective of the ‘apathy’ the authorities show towards the town.
“The condition of our healthcare, road connectivity, education or any other facilities is pathetic. The town has altogether been neglected. It seems that the town doesn’t exist on the governance map of the state,” Zubair Ahmad, a chemist in Iqbal Market said.
“Lack of public toilet,” he said, “forces many to urinate in the open, which is so embarrassing”.
Executive officer of the local municipal committee GM Lone said there was no land available in the town to construct a toilet block. “Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a proposal has been mooted to build public toilets but we are not able to identify land for the purpose,” Lone said.
However, sub-divisional magistrate Sopore Bashir Ahmad Bhat said contradicted Lone saying the land has been identified for the purpose. “The municipal committee’s proposals for construction of toilet blocks have been approved. We have already identified some places for it. I will immediately take up this matter and ensure the construction work takes off as soon as possible,” Bhat told Kashmir Reader.