BARAMULLA: The Municipal council of Baramulla had sent its lone trench cleaning machine (sucker vehicle) to an army camp in Kupwara this week, while residents and even hospitals in Baramulla complain that they have been seeking the service for long without any avail.
The municipal trench sucker is meant to clean the bathroom trenches of civilians and official buildings in the district, against a fee.
Sources said that the municipal council has only one sucker, which on Thursday had been sent to clean up the trenches of an army camp, in the adjoining Kupwara district.
Medical Superintendent District Hospital Baramulla Dr Masood Ahmad said that several trenches in the hospital were full from several weeks leading to closure of bathrooms, and the hospital had approached the municipal council Baramulla and paid Rs 7,000 as fee for the service.
“But they have yet not sent us the vehicle(sucker) to clear the trenches and our patients, attendants and employees are suffering. Even a wall of the hospital is about to damage due to trench water,” Ahmad said. President Traders Federation Baramulla Mohammad Ashraf Ganie said that dozens of people have filled forms to seek the trench cleaning service, but officials in the municipal council said the vehicle is defunct. In charge transport Municipal Council Baramulla Ajaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the vehicle (sucker) has been repaired and sent to clear the latrines of an army camp in Kupwara district.
He said that it was important to clear the latrines of army camp and after its return the machine would be used in Baramulla.
The newly elected president of the council Umer Azhar Kakroo, when contacted, directed officials not to send the machine out of district. He assured that the machine would be used in Baramulla only.