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Munish Gupta's mass contact prog completes 1 month
Poor civic amenities leave residents of Shanker, Deep Nagar at God's mercy
6/25/2019 12:08:13 AM
Early Times Report
Jammu, June 24: Although Jammu city has entered the 'smart city' league, basic civic amenities such as dilapidated roads, lanes and by lanes, scarcity of water and electricity remain a distant dream in Shanker and Deep Nagar of Kunjwani, that too, when Jammu's so-called crusaders (BJP) were in power in more than three years with coalition partner PDP.
Editor Early Times, Munish Gupta who would be contesting upcoming Assembly election from Gandhi Nagar constituency as independent candidates on Monday conducted an extensive door to door campaign of Ward No. 55 in particular Shanker Colony and Deep Nagar of Kunjwani as part of his mass contact programme.
During his campaign, residents of this locality narrated their problems such as bad roads, indiscriminate digging of roads, erratic power as well as water supply, and chocked drainage system which is unattended, leaving the residents into great distress.
Hitting out at former BJP MLA Kavinder Gupta for his failure to maintain pace of development work especially the civic amenities which were initiated in previous regime of Congress, most of the works were abandoned midway, said Bharat Bhushan, a local resident.
He said that before election, the BJP leader who projected himself as crusader for Jammu did nothing in his three-year tenure for Jammu people. "Our lanes were in 2007 and inaugurated by then Corporator Thakur Balwant Singh Chib. Now our lane is in shambles, and our repeated pleas to local corporator have yielded nothing", said Tirth Ram.
He further said that the safaikaramchari who comes once in month for cleanliness never lifts the silt which is deposited along the drains, with the result the silt again accumulates on the bed of drain, emanating foul smell. "It has made our life miserable, but our leaders seem least bothered about it," Ram said.
Shiv Kumar, who is residing in Deep Nagar told Munish Gupta that the road which connects Gangyal with Deep Nagar and passes through Shanker Colony is in a dilapidated condition and has not been blacktopped in last eight years. The road was constructed when Raman Bhalla was elected from the area, but Kavinder Gupta, despite promise of "Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas", did nothing on the ground. Drains are collapsed and blocked. No dustbin is installed in whole locality. Locals are putting garbage, even dung of their animal, along the road. This is picture of Deep Nagar where people are living in totally unhygienic condition.
Koushalya and Vijay Kumari of Shanker Nagar informed Munish that from last many years "we made rounds of Social Welfare office to get registered under old age pension scheme. We even submitted our documents and repeatedly requested our local Corporator Pritam. But he never listened to our genuine demands." Both septuagenarians have no other source of income and are only breed winners for their bedridden husbands.
Darshana Devi also shared her ordeal with Munish Gupta. She said that the PDD installed a transformer outside her home entrance. "The live hanging wire is posing threat to us and we time and again urged the PDD officials to look into the matter. We also contacted our local Corporator and the MLA, but nobody came to our rescue."
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