Railway station Qazigund lacks basic facilities, passengers suffer

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Aman Malik

Anantnag, Jul 19: The absence of basic amenities including drinking water and lack of proper sanitation at Railway station Qazigund has come under severe criticism from commuters who allege that the authorities have made no arrangements to lessen the immense hardships faced by frequent travelers.
Hundreds of people traveling from different parts of the Valley via train visit the Qazigund railway station but the lack of basic facilities there contradict the tall claims of administration of providing better facilities to the passengers.
The railway station according to the travelers lacks facilities including drinking water, electricity and proper sanitation.
“The heaps of polythene and garbage could be seen near railway station but the authorities don’t bother to ensure proper sanitation there,” the locals said.
Moreover, the lavatories at railway station Qazigund are defunct causing inconvenience to thousands of people on daily basis.
The locals as well as the passengers said that the foul smell that comes from bathrooms irks them.
Advocate Abdul Rahman Tantary, a local resident said that government schemes ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Swachta hi Sewa’ proved hoax on the ground as the railway station here continues to remain filthy.
He said that they approached the higher ups several times but their promises proved hoax. “We time and again requested the concerned authorities to look into the matter so that the sufferings of people would come to an end,” they said.
Station Master Railway Station Qazigund admitted the lack of facilities at railway station, stating that there is lack of coordination between PHE, PDD and railway in the area, which led to sufferings of people.
“I am trying my best to get these issues resolved,” he said, adding that the PHE department is not supplying water. “I have already informed higher authorities about these issues and I hope the issues will be resolved soon,” he added.