Lack of public toilets irk Kishtwar residents

The headquarter town of Kishtwar district lacks adequate number of toilets in public places, due to which the public continues to suffer.

The irked residents said, “Some of the crowded places in the city do not have even a single public toilet. A few toilets that exist at market places are usually not well maintained or not situated at convenient locations, while most of them remain locked all the times. In some cases, people, not knowing the location of the toilets, relieve themselves near a drain, wall or an ill-maintained place.”

One of the most congested places in the town, the main bus stand, possess only one toilet inside the market, but most of the people relieve themselves near open drains and at the ground adjacent to the area, as they feel that the toilets are unhygienic, they claimed.

“The Kishtwar municipal committee should take up the matter and keep the toilets clean,” Asif Hussain Butt, a local said.

Another busy spot, Bun Astan Chok near Parade Ground, also does not have a toilet. Meanwhile, Shaheedi Chowk has a single urinal near the Boys Higher Secondary School, but people don’t venture inside it as it lies dilapidated. “The toilet at Shaheedi Chowk, constructed by KMC, does not have a signboard. Most people don’t know about its existence,” Arshad Giri, a shopkeeper, said.

The case is not any different for the toilets in other parts of the town.

Naseer Ahmad Bagwan, a social activist, said, “The city needs more toilets to cater to the heavy floating population. The KMC should take proper care of the toilets after constructing them.”

On being contacted, chairman KMC, Riyaz Ahmad Zargar, said, “About 5 public toilets had been constructed in the town, among which one is properly maintained while rest are either non-functional or lie defunct.”

“We are in need of funds to undertake construction of more toilets in the town and to repair the ones constructed earlier. We are identifying land and seeking financial assistance in this regard,” he added.