Only 70 per cent target achieved:Uncertainty hits mobile bio-toilet project
09: Uncertainty has hit ecofriendly
mobile bio- toilet project in Jammu and Kashmir.
In April, the
J&K government had decided to install 23 mobile bio toilets and complete
the project within six months. Thanks to
prevailing situation, only 70% target could be achieved in the stipulated
Department was directed to install mobile toilets after every 30 km from
Banihal to Srinagar along the National Highway and from Peer Ki Gali to
Srinagar on Mughal Road. Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam were also
covered under the project.
However, only 16
mobile bio-toilets have been installed so far. “Two mobile bio toilets have
been installed in Gulmarg and Qazigund. One bio toilet each has been installed
at Chandanwari checking point, Baramulla, Pahalgam and Srinagar Golf Course,”
said a senior official in Tourism Department.
In addition, six
bio-toilets have been installed at Peer ki Gali, Ali Abad Sarai and
Dabjan. “Each cabin has been installed
at an estimated cost of Rs 3.5 lakh,” he said.
noted that the department could not complete the target due to the prevailing
situation in the valley.
Kashmir, Nisar Ahmad Wani refused to comment.
there is a dearth of mobile washrooms at different tourist destinations despite
huge footfall of visitors every year.According to tourism
department data, around 8.5 lakh domestic and foreign tourists visited valley
in 2018 while the number was 11 lakh in 2017. In 2015, the number was 9.27
lakh, while in 2016 the number of tourists was 12.12 lakh which is higher than