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Congress, BJP leaders made hollow promises: Roop Nagar residents tell Munish
Dilapidated lanes, littered garbage greets visitors
7/10/2019 11:44:34 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, July 9: Editor Early Times, Munish Gupta, who would be contesting the upcoming Assembly elections as an Independent candidate from Gandhi Nagar constituency, met people from different walks of life in Roop Nagar area on Wednesday.
Carrying forward his mass contact programme in Ward No.57, Munish listened to the woes of the residents and assured them that if he wins the elections he would ensure that problems being confronted in their day to day lives are resolved.
Residents criticised the former Congress and BJP governments for making "hollow promises" to provide civic amenities in the locality. "Former MLAs just sold slogans. After getting elected they forget all their promises," they said.
Bodh Raj and Shivo Devi both residing near Tube well of Roop Nagar told Munish that their lanes and by lanes are in dilapidated condition given the nonchalant attitude of department concerned. "Years ago, our lanes and by lanes were blacktopped and drains were constructed but now all the lanes drains are damaged , open manholes pose threat to human lives but nobody seems bothered about it despite repeated pleas to Councillor and former MLA," they added.
"Before elections corporators and MLAs made tall claims and assured us that all the civic amenities like streetlights dustbins and lanes and drains would be provided but after getting elected they forgot and did nothing", said Kamala Devi and added that a transformer is installed in our locality is not fenced resulting the live hanging wire posing threat to local especially children who are playing in the lanes.
The callousness of civic body can be gauged from this fact that maximum streetlights installed in Roop Nagar aren't functional. The garbage littered in the lanes or dumped in a vacant plot because of no dustbin has been installed by sanitation department, said Harjinder Singh.
Low Voltage
Roop Nagar areas are reeling under frequent and long power cuts and low voltage for the last many years. The only transformer which was installed in our area had low capacity and not sufficient to meet our requirements, resulting in low voltage. This is giving sleepless nights to us that in humid temperature," said Ramandeep Kour.
Kulbant Singh Bali said that due to non availability of sufficient voltage, their family members especially the parents and children couldn't sleep for the past three days because of the harsh humid temperature. "Tube lights, fans, refrigerator, mixer, motor and other electrical appliances did not functioning well for three days. Even if we decide to sleep outside home, we could not, because of mosquitoes", he added.
Santi Devi said that everyone who came here before election had promised us that our transformers would be upgraded but everyone cheated us after getting votes and we do not know when our miseries would end.
Old Age Pension
Tarro Devi and her bedridden husband, Sham Lal had applied for old age pension in Amphalla Office in 2013 and got conformation slip but after lapse of more than 6 years, she and her husband are still not getting pension. Time and again, she visited to office of Social Welfare to know about her pension status but every times she was just given mere assurance,
She said that we have no other source of income because we have no son who could have becomea breadwinner for us. Like Tarro Devi, Ranjit Kour, a widow, also has been making round of rounds to get registered under widow pension but her pleas to even councillor have not yielded any results.
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