‘No toilet for girls in government college, forced to go in open’
DHARAMSHALA: Girl students at Government Degree College Matour in Kangra district studying with their male counterparts lacks basic facilities of toilet. Total strength of the college was 692, majority of them were girls 472 and boys were 220 in numbers. Most of them were from nearby villages areas.
Officiating Principal of the College, Bhagwan Daas admitted that college lack facilities. He told TOI that college has only one toilet for student which was being used by girls not by boys. “College became functional a year back and further facilities would be provided shortly. Toilet is the main problem, but for the time being there is one used by only girls. But boys have no space” he said.
However, girls said that toilet was used by college staff only and students were not allowed to use it. They said that they use to relieve themselves with the help of their friends using duppata at nearby rivulet in open. But during rainy season it becomes risky too, they said.
“Toilets are one of the biggest problems for the girls. One toilet for 472 girls, you can imagine the situation. There are others but they were locked as it belongs to schools or they are not functional” told a first year student requesting anonymity.
A visit to the college revealed that it has only four rooms with no free space for students. Three rooms were used as class room and one was for principal and clerical works section. It was situated between the senior secondary school and primary school.
Adding to this, there was no drinking water facility in the college. Students told that they have to go out to get drinking water from nearby sources. Authorities were reluctant to respond on this pathetic situation of the students, particularly girls.
When contacted, sitting congress legislature of the area, Pawan Kajal told that he had too raised the demand with the BJP government but it has to be seen how fast they will act on this serious issue.
Inquires revealed that college became functional in April 2017. But no one has considered the basic amenities like toilet in this institution where co-education being provided by the government. This institute was inaugurated by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in August 2017.