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Development takes a back seat in Guru Angad Dev Ji Mohalla: Munish
Locals say forced to live in unhygienic conditions
3/27/2020 11:39:55 PM

JAMMU, Mar 27: Editor-in-chief, Early Times, Munish Gupta, on Friday castigated the authorities for its failure to provide a proper network of drainage system and ensuring surfaced lanes to the residents of Guru Angad Dev Ji Mohalla of Preet Nagar area in Digiana due to which the inhabitants are suffering a lot.
“It was a bit odd to see parts of many streets and roads in Guru Angad Dev Ji Mohalla being waterlogged just after a few hours of intermittent rains while the streets in the area are still to get a blacktopped or tiled surface for the last more than a decade. Development has really taken a back seat in the area,” said Munish, who would be contesting the forthcoming Assembly elections as an independent candidate from Gandhi Nagar constituency.
Munish said, “The water logging viz a viz a dilapidated condition of lanes in Guru Angad Dev Ji Mohalla shows a serious downside within the system which always browbeats about developing modernize civic amenities in different localities of Jammu city, however, drainage system in several areas is in complete disarray in the city and this locality is no exception.”
The Editor Early Times urged the administration to direct its officials to act swiftly and chalk out an action plan to get the drainage system of the area corrected as well as initiating the process to blacktop or fix concrete tiles in the streets.
Meanwhile, residents of Guru Angad Dev Ji Mohalla while talking to Early Times said, “We are forced to live in unhygienic conditions. Water getting logged on streets of our locality is not a new phenomenon. As and when there is heavy downpour it makes some parts of our locality to suffer from water logging. While the lanes and by-lanes are also in shambles as they are never blacktopped or fixed with concrete tiles in the last 10-12 years.
These are two major problems which have made the lives of locals as hell.”
The infrastructure, if it exists in the least, is not sufficient to guarantee the drainage of the water due to which the streets particularly in low-lying areas get inundated as and when it rains heavily while the streets are dilapidated to such an extent that they cannot be described as proper lanes considering their poor condition.
“Major problems in our locality occur due to dilapidated streets or roads and water-logging. Streets of our locality are in dire need of a facelift as most of them are not blacktopped or fixed with tiles for the last more than 10 years. There is no accurate sewerage facility, vacant plots remain water-logged and have even become open garbage dumping spots while the open drains remain choked. No planned mechanism can be seen adopted by the concerned authorities for our colony,” said, a local resident, Gurjeet Singh.
“Because of water logging people has to face lots of problems like mishaps and water entering into houses. Water logging also acts as a breeding ground for insects like mosquitoes and flies which are source of several communicable diseases. It is important that a proper drainage system is put in place so that water is quickly drained in case of rain,” he added.
Several inhabitants of the area said that it is been several years but the residents are still waiting for the development of their area in area in real sense. “There is no mechanism to drain out the water collected in the area. We raised our demands at almost every level, but no one has paid heed to our genuine problems and come out with a viable solution,” they said.
While others informed that it is not only rains which cause water logging in the area adding that a CRPF camp nearby is also acting as a major source for water getting logged onto the streets since the drainage of the campsite flows into the locality.
One of the residents Jaswinder Singh said, “We hope that the authorities take a serious view of the issues especially the problem of water logging and adopt new practices and measures to stop it in future. Pedestrians have to wade through flooded streets while several drivers had to abandon their vehicles after being stranded in pools of water. Several homes often get damaged by the stagnant water, which takes several days to recede.”
“Moreover, paying no attention towards the deteriorating condition of roads, streets and drains particularly in outer areas of the locality has made the life of residents miserable. Almost all streets have been uprooted with the passage of time. People are forced to live in pitiable condition here,” he added.
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