Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voters rue lack of toilets, poor healthcare in Tehri Garhwal constituency
In Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency, suspension of Lakhwar multipurpose project in upper Yamuna basin has hit farming, adding to water woes of the local; while Mussoorie cries for parking facilities.Updated: Mar 25, 2019 15:41 IST
A buzzing downtown market in Sahiya, 63 km from Dehradun, is a stopover for hundreds of traders and locals. But the place lacks a public toilet.
Amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan promising a toilet to each household, Sahiya in Uttarakhand has been left out.
Every day, hundreds of government teachers travel through the stopover to reach schools, but lack of a toilet creates difficulties for them.
“Imagine, there’s no public toilet here. The women, especially government teachers travelling in this part of the area, have to request locals to go to a washroom,” said Aman Arora, a 40-year-old shopkeeper.
Since Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh, not much has changed in the Chakrata region, which is a part of the Tehri Lok Sabha constituency.
“We do have better road connectivity, but no services. There’s need to establish big hospitals, public toilets and ensure other basic amenities here,” said Sumitra Garg, another resident of Sahiya.
Kalsi, which is 30 minutes by road from Sahiya, is also grappling with similar problems. The hamlet connects Dehradun district with Tehri but has few facilities for people.
“It’s a cantonment area. But there are no toilets. The issue was raised but no one could do anything about it,” said Ramesh Vohra, a trader.
About 100 km from the capital, Lakhamandal is known for its scenic beauty.
But the locals are upset over the suspension of the Lakhwar multipurpose project in the Upper Yamuna basin.
The project, which aims at generating 300 megawatt power, includes construction of a 204-mt-high concrete dam across the Yamuna near Lohari village with a water storage capacity of 330.66 million cubic metre. The storage aims at supporting irrigation on 33,780 hectare and supplying 78.83 million cubic metre of water for drinking.
“The government acquired some parts of our land but has released only a percentage of the funds. They are not giving us the remaining amount due to which we are unable to start farming. The project is suspended for several years and we are only hoping that it should start,” said 55-year-old Ramesh Negi.
The people of Mussoorie, the queen of hills, cry for better parking facilities. “It’s an irony that a scenic place like Mussorie, which has so much to show besides its Mall Road, does not have a parking place,” said Sambhu Rawat, a shopkeeper.
The Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) is now trying to create a multi-level parking in the area.
Twenty-year-old Ankit Kainthura, a resident of Pipaldali village on Ghansali Road, has to travel at least 20 km daily to get to Srinagar in Pauri district for attending classes at his college.
“We have demanded a college in this area as most of the students either go to Srinagar or New Tehri. I personally travel several kilometers to attend classes,” he said.