Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has failed to erect temporary toilets at Bhopal railway station, thus inconveniencing thousands of devotees boarding trains from the station to Ujjain daily for Simhastha fair.
“The public announcement system keeps on saying that proper toilet facilities have been provided near the rest house for devotees. But one sees they are yet to be constructed after going there,” said Arun Kumar, a devotee from Harda.
Passengers, thus, are forced to use paid toilet facilities at the nearby Sulabh Complex. BMC officials have planted saplings to beautify platforms but have overlooked needs for medical helpdesks, mobile toilets and affordable food counters. Moreover, devotees are exploited by vendors who overcharge food items.
“Hawkers and vendors are taking advantage of the situation and are selling food items at double the rates. Medical booths are not there to provide medicines or energy supplements. Mismanagement is at its peak,” said pilgrim Aashish Sharma from Guna.
Corporation officials said efforts to arrange desired facilities are on. “We are still in the process of arranging. Our focus is to provide clean drinking water, proper surveillance and cleanliness to pilgrims at the station,” said BMC public relations officer Prem Shankar Shukla.