Magam residents protest construction of shops at proposed washroom point

Magam residents protest construction of shops at proposed washroom point

BUDGAM: Residents of Magam town here in central Kashmir’s Budgam district are protesting the construction of shops by municipal committee at a site proposed for washroom points.
Residents alleged that the municipal committee is constructing shops on a place earlier proposed for the lavatory point by district administration.
Spokesman, Shalimar Sumo Stand Magam, Ghulam Mohammed Mir told Kashmir Reader that the town considered as “gate way” of Gulmarg tourist resort lacks public lavatory points, which is a major inconvenience to commuters especially womenfolk.
A single lavatory point, he said, constructed decades ago, remains mostly out of service due to frequent blockage.
Chairman Sumo Stand, Magam, Ashiq Hussain, added that the district administration had after several requests assured that another lavatory point would be construed on the second floor of “defunct” public toilet.
The irony, Hussain said, is officials of municipal committee on Friday started construction of shops on the roof of the said lavatory point.
“The move was not less than a shocker for us and common masses who face inconveniences on daily basis,” he said.
“If the administration had promised to construct a double-storey lavatory point here, how can municipal officials overrule their orders” he added. “Thousands of students, commuters, shopkeepers who visit here on daily basis are being forced to relieve in open given scarcity of public washrooms.”
Hussain rued that despite knowing the grim situation, officials were paying no heed to public grievances.
Locals annoyed by the municipal committee’s move stopped the work at the spot.
A protest was also held in the town against the Municipal Committee members.
The protest was attended by the drivers, local people and shopkeepers as well, who accused the municipality of flouting the orders of district administration
Protestors requested the state Governor, and Deputy Commissioner to intervene in the matter.
Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asger did not respond to repeated calls from this reporter.