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Footpaths turn into toilets in Vijayawada

Make-shift toilets constructed for pilgrims at One town in Vijayawada for Krishna Pushkaralu. (Photo: DC)Vijayawada: The footpaths in One Town became platforms for the Krishna Pushkaralu temporary toilets, causing lot of inconvenience to the residents of Vijayawada.
In fact, the temporary toilets were planned at the West booking side entrance of Vijayawada railway station. Many toilets are non-operational and no power supply is there, causing inconvenience to the users.
Improper planning led to the spread of bad odour in that area, especially from Panja Centre to Gandhi Hill, via Kaleswara Rao Market.
Though there is Gandhi Hills ground belonging to the railways, from where the pilgrims can be sent to the ghats, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) authorities have not taken a serious note of that. When asked about it, a VMC official saidd that a decision in this regard need to be taken and discussed further at a higher level meeting of the officers of both the VMC and the South Central Railways.
The VMC officials, who have directed their ground staff to arrange temporary toilets on the footpaths in Panja Road in One Town, have forgotten an important point that steps were installed by the railways to the same footpaths from Railway West Booking counter.
“Is it not causing inconvenience to the railway users and pilgrims?” Subbaiah Gupta, resident of One Town asked.
Interesting point here is that there is no coordination between the APTransco, VMC and the railway officials.
“Till now, there is no power connection to these toilets,” another citizen Shaik Gouse said.
He expressed doubts as to from where the authorities will provide water to these temporary toilets.
Reacting on the improper planning of the VMC officials, the PCC Doctors Cell co-chairman Dr Ambati Naga Radhakrishna urged the authorities to respond immediately in order to place the public health in high esteem in Vijayawada city.
“This is the season of malaria and dengue,” Dr A.N. Radhakrishna observed, and added that hygienic maintenance of the environment is the need of the hour to evade spread of viral fevers.


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