Eco-friendly Namma toilets remain barricaded at Jammu rly station

| | Jammu

Audience may have queued up in large numbers on Friday to promote Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet-Ek Prem Katha but in real life there are no takers for eco-friendly 'Namma' toilets installed at Jammu railway station.

These toilets were installed by IRCTC under NDA Government’s flagship Swachhch Bharat Abhiyan in August 2016. Two toilets were installed at Katra railway station as well.

Till date the railway authorities have even failed to rope in private contractors to maintain these model toilets.

In the absence of any maintenance contract, these toilets remain out of bounds for pilgrims mocking the tall claims of Government agencies.

Worse part is the local railway authorities in Jammu have even covered the toilet with mesh of concertina wires to prevent its misuse by visitors.

In May 2017 Jammu railway station was declared third cleanest railway station amongst all A-1 category stations of India.

But heaps of garbage remain littered outside these Namma toilets painting dirty image of Jammu railway station in front of visiting pilgrims.

Last year Jammu railway station was shortlisted along with Varanasi, Mumbai, Vijaywada and Katra railway stations at the time of installation of Namma toilets.

Later, Jammu railway station also figured in the  list of 400 stations which are likely to be redeveloped on PPP (Public private partnership) model to create world class passenger amenities.

Shashibhushan Jha, a supervisor currently maintaining toilet facilities at Jammu railway station told The Pioneer, " even after spending more than 20 lakhs on these two Namma toilets the railways have failed to provide clean toilet facilities to pilgrims reaching here in large numbers". He said in the last one year no one has come forward to take up the responsibility of maintaining these toilet facilities.Secondly, he claimed common users shy away from using Namma toilets as there is no traditional 'Indian' style toilet seat.

Referring to the recent exercise Jha revealed  in last week of July 2017 Ferozepur Division had issued a fresh tender and clubbed all existing toilet blocks with Namma toilets at Jammu railway station. He said the railway authorities have fixed the rate of half yearly contract at Rs 26.31 lakhs but no private party has so far come forward to participate in the tender process."How can they expect us to participate in this tender process when the quotation is on a higher side. We cannot afford to spend huge sums of money to maintain these toilets and end up earning not a single penny", he added. 



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