As the summer tourist season begins to peak, for thousands of tourists who stroll daily on Shimlaâ€™s famous Ridge one of the biggest problems faced by them is lack of a public toilet here.
It has been three years since the two toilets here were shut down after heavy rains caused a landslide lower down at the Tibetan market, but the civic authorities havenâ€™t since bothered to repair this structure and make it functional.
When officials of the Shimla municipal corporation are asked when these toilets will be restored the answer strangely is elusive and vague.
Other officials simply dismiss it as a trivial issue,this perhaps explains why the public facilities have not been restored so far.As a result the walker on the Ridge tries to enjoy the leisurely walk and also must fight the natural urge to empty his bladder.
Lack of basic facilities like a public toilet for three years in the heart of Shimla which is thronged by thousands of tourists every day is a shame on the Himachal Pradesh government say many tourists and locals in frustration,it shows the civic authorities simply don’t care !
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