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Uri lacks civic facilities

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 7: Residents of border town Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district are up in arms against Municipal Committee Uri (MCU) for failing to provide civic facilities.
Residents told Excelsior that they have to face a lot of inconvenience with the non-availability of the public toilet facility in the town.
“With the lack of public toilets, people are either forced to defecate in the open or request shopkeepers for using their toilets,” said Muneer Ahmad, a shopkeeper.
“The women are suffering a lot due to non-availability of the washroom facilities. There is not a single toilet in the entire town which shows the officials apathy,” he said.
The residents also complain about the lack of parking space in the town.
“Dozens of vehicles are parked on the roadside every day as there is no parking slot in the town. It always results in traffic mess and day long jams” said a delegation of locals.
According to Municipality officials in Uri, around two dozen streetlights were installed in year 2005. “The lights were damaged in the same year following the devastating earthquake. Since then no official paid any attention to restore the streetlights,” they said.
The General Secretary Traders Federation (TFU) Uri, Qayoom Chalkoo said that the department has turned a blind eye towards the development of the town.
“It is not only the traders; locals also are facing a lot problem with lack of basic facilities. We approached the concerned department many a times in this regard but nothing has been done,” Chalkoo alleged.
Executive Officer, Municipal Committee Uri, Firdous Ahmad said for the constructions of such facilities the department needs land for it. “We will provide compensation to those who will give their land for the construction but nobody among locals is willing for it”.

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