In Age of ‘Swachh Bharat’ Kangdori Tourist Destination Without a Toilet Facility

July 27

Sajad Hameed

Gulmarg is an International tourist destination and the famous Gondola is Asia’s highest cable car, but in first phase of Gulmarg Gondola namely Kongdori the tourists are unhappy with the lack of bathroom/ toilet facilities.

On one side Tourism department and administration in Jammu Kashmir claims that the tourism industry is the backbone of our economy and on the other, places with such a high inflow of tourists is lacking a basic facility of a washroom.

Even though the Government started a campaign ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’-a nation wide campaign that aimed at eliminating open defecation through the construction of toilets and establishing an accountable mechanism of monitoring toilet use.

But unfortunately Kongdori first phase of Gulmarg Gondola lacks facilities of the bathroom. Speaking to The Kashmiriyat, a tourist said that Swachh Bharat Mission is a failure as it has failed to reach prime tourist destinations like Gulmarg.

Tourists also said that, “Gulmarg is the crown of India but unfortunately the lack of bathroom facilities makes it difficult for tourists especially women.

The Visitors appealed to Governor administration for immediate attention towards the issue.

The Kashmiriyat appraised the issue with Haneef Balkhi, the Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Gulmarg who said that a washroom will be constructed in Kongdori soon.