Improper washroom facility at railway station nettles commuters

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2015 19:12 IST

Ludhiana railway junction, despite being one of the busiest in the region, lacks in terms of basic amenities. Over 70,000 passengers visit the station on daily basis.

The station has single washroom, that too in pathetic condition. It stinks, that makes it tough for the people to use it.

During a visit to the washroom, the staff responsible for collecting fees for washroom usage, was found smoking inside it. Shopkeepers nearby, seeking anonymity, revealed that the washroom staff sometimes tease the women who come to use the washroom at the railway station.

A stall of tobacco products is installed right in front of the washroom.

According to the visitors, they have to pay Rs 5 for using the washroom. They also complain about rude behaviour by the washroom staffers.

The passengers said that the railway authorities should pay attention towards the pathetic condition of the washroom.

Moreover, people can be seen urinating on the footpaths near the railway station. Garbage can also be seen scattered. Besides, a big portion of the footpaths is encroached upon, which results in inconvenience for the commuters.

Another railway station situated in Model Gram has no washroom facility at all. Though the visitor count at the Model Gram railway station is very less but washroom facility is a must for the people.

Residents Speak

Washroom at the railway station is in a pathetic condition. Washroom staffers smoke inside it and also overcharge the passengers. Railways needs to improve the sanitation services here as thousands of passengers visit this station on daily basis.

Satinder Singh, railway passenger

There is a need for improvement in the condition of the washrooms not only at the railway station, but in the entire city. The number of washrooms should be increased. Starting mobile washroom service in different areas is the need of the hour.

Seraph Dutt, railway passenger

Councilor Speak

No care is being taken of the public washrooms in the city. The authorities concerned should hand over the maintenance work of public washrooms to private organisations to improve the sanitation services.

Sanjay Talwar, Ward 39 councillor

Official Speak

I will send health inspector to do inspection of the place. The washroom staff will be directed not to overcharge the people. The tobacco product stall will also be removed as soon as possible.

Ravinder Sharma, station superintendent

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