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Digiana Pulli: Locality of water logged streets, choked drains, polluted water supply
7/7/2019 11:07:27 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, July 7: Carrying forward his mass contact programme, the Editor Early Times, Munish Gupta today visited Digiana Pulli and its adjoining localities where people from all walks of life while interacting with him expressed their displeasure over the neglect they are facing at the hands of the administration and successive legislators.
The aggrieved residents of the area told Munish Gupta that dilapidated lanes, clogged drains, water logging and polluted water supply have made their lives miserable adding that they are unable to find a suitable solution to the problems being faced by them as there is nobody who pays heed to their pleas.
One of the residents Mohinder Lal told Munish that the locality is in dire need of a proper sewage system as the drains get choked every now and then due to the excessive waste material being thrown in them due to which the inhabitants are confronting the problem of water logging.
"The sewage system is in complete shambles in our locality. The water gets logged routinely at the entry point of the lane which has become a nightmare for the residents as it is almost next to impossible to get out of the street when filthy water entirely engulfs the exit area," said Mohinder Lal.
"We are waiting with hope for the corrective measures but no action has been taken so far," he added.
Another inhabitant of the area, Girdhari Lal was critical of the fact that the lanes of the locality were never refurbished for more than a decade now due to which most of the streets are in a dilapidated condition.
"Tiles in most of the lanes have worn out as they were laid about 10-12 years ago but afterwards nobody cared to revamp the streets by laying new tiles. Whosoever remained MLA from Gandhi Nagar Assembly Constituency did not deem it fit to pay attention towards such a basic necessity," said Girdhari Lal.
Som Raj and Surjeet Kour while highlighting their difficulties informed that they are facing the problem of getting contaminated water supply which according them is an open invitation to the water borne diseases for the residents.
"We are literally fed up with the polluted water supply. The entire locality is distraught with the poor quality of water being supplied to their houses. While we are forced to consume dirty water, the authorities concerned as well as the local political representatives have no time to rectify the problem," said Som Raj.
"The water supplied in our houses is full of contamination. Water supplied is soiled beyond imagination. Old age and children are prone to water borne diseases but the authorities concerned are acting only as mute spectators," said Surjeet Kour.
While another resident, Dolly drew attention towards an electric pole dangerously installed close to her house.
"The life of my family is in peril as the electric pole is virtually touching the outer walls of our house due to which the wires are hanging close to the roof top. We approached the PDD authorities for the reinstallation of the electric pole somewhere else on several occasion but to no avail," said Dolly.
Raj, a female resident, said that she doesn't aspire anything but a free Scooty for her 35-year old specially abled daughter, who is employed in a boutique so that she could earn a respectable livelihood for herself and her family.
"My daughter is brave enough to handle her disability but at times it becomes difficult for her to reach the boutique in time where she is employed so I thought a two-wheeler could ease up her difficulty but with meager resources I cannot afford the same," said Raj.
"I heard somewhere that government provides free Scooty to such specially abled persons so I approached ex-MLA Raman Bhalla for help but nothing materialized so far," she added.
While an elderly woman Lajo has nothing to demand except issuance of old-age pension her favour so that she could sustain her life with dignity.
Responding to the issues raised by the inhabitants of Digiana, Munish Gupta said that after listening to the problems, difficulties and woes of the locals, his decision to contest the upcoming Assembly election as an independent candidate from Gandhi Nagar Constituency gets more firm and resolute.
"I want to serve the people of Gandhi Nagar Assembly Constituency with utmost honesty and dedication. I assure that if I got elected, I will try my level best to resolve all the issues confronting you in your daily lives," Munish said.
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