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People using umbrellas inside capital town Shimla’s tattered rain-shelter

In reply, the Mayor, in a media statement, had argued that abundant of development works have been undertaken during his tenure, but the BJP wasn’t able to see it. However, as a matter of fact, no one is able to see it.

SHIMLA- Public in Shimla town is seen using umbrellas inside rains-shelters to protect from rain. The ugly political affairs, inexplicable slumber of district administration and the civic body have made this ridiculous joke with public a reality in Shimla.

The picture posted above was shared with Himacahal Watcher by a resident of Totu. It shows the only rain-shelter at Tutu Chowk in capital town Shimla. The rain-shelter is located in the middle of the main and very crowded Totu market. Thousands of people use this bus stop daily. In fact, the rain-shelter is too small to serve comparatively larger population. When it rains, people at this stoppage have only this small shelter that is in tatters, and people need umbrellas inside it to avoid rain-water pouring in through the holes and gaps in the metal roof that are clearly visible in the picture. Take a closer look at the picture and anyone can notice water pouring over people. Apparently, the rain-shelter hasn’t received any maintenance in recent years.

I myself got wet like hell while standing inside the shelter with several others

, a local told Himachal Watcher.

It’s deplorable. Clearly, the roof is full of holes and gaps. People inside it need umbrellas in their hands in order to keep themselves safe and dry. I don’t know why the authorities have not taken heed of it,

he further added.

Deputy Mayor of Shimla, Sanjay Chauhan was recently miffed over Bhartiya Janata Party’s criticism for being a failure to deliver any significant development to the people of capital town Shimla during his five year tenure. BJP even submitted a charge-sheet to the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur labeling Congress Government and Communist Party of India (Marxist) a failure to deliver even basic facilities to people.

In reply, the Mayor, in a media statement, had argued that abundant of development works have been undertaken during his tenure, but the BJP wasn’t able to see it. However, as a matter of fact, no one is able to see it. The rain shelters on the Mall or in core areas might be well maintained, but rest of the city has faced neglect.

The Deputy Mayor, Tikendar Panwar, lives in the same locality yet he is indifferent to condition of this very basic public facility. Further, the elected Ward Councilor doesn’t exist except papers.

SMC is going for polls on June 16 as the tenure of CPI (M) representatives is already over. The Mayor is trying to convince people that a lot has been done for the betterment of facilities in the town. However, it’s a bitter reality that town has struggled almost for all basic facilities like water supply, waste management, roads, drainage systems, parking spaces. There is no efficient step taken to control monkey and stray dog population.

It’s indeed a matter of embarrassment for the administrations and the government that people need umbrellas inside rain-shelters. Sadly, the administration doesn’t mind such embarrassments.

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