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Work 24x7 to transform areas lacking basic amenities: Munish urges admin
Civic neglect makes residents to suffer in Ajit Nagar area
3/30/2020 9:56:56 PM

JAMMU, Mar 30: Editor in Chief, Early Times, Munish Gupta, on Monday asked the administration to look beyond the conventional planning and execution of developmental works necessitated from time to time in providing basic amenities to the people of Jammu city as there is hardly any improvement at ground level during more than past 70 years.
“Real development means a visible change in the ambiance of an urban area and it becomes more important when it is concerning to a capital city like Jammu. But sorry to say majority of the localities in Jammu still present an unpleasant picture. And the condition of Ajit Nagar area is no better either as the locality so far lacks elementary conveniences like smooth lanes and mechanism of a proper drainage,” said Munish, who would be contesting the forthcoming Assembly elections as an independent candidate from Gandhi Nagar constituency.
Munish said, “I urge the administration to work 24x7 to bring the much needed transformation in those areas which lack basic amenities. Trivial issues, which have become big due to the lackadaisical attitude of the official machinery as well as the political class should be handled and resolved on priority. Assure people that a solution to their problems is readily available.”
The Editor, Early Times call upon the authorities to pay serious attention towards the plight of people and leave no stone unturned in addressing their problems.
Meanwhile, residents of Ajit Nagar in Upper Gadigarh area while talking to Early Times claimed, “The lanes and by-lanes as well as the drains in our area are in a dismal condition and seemingly intentionally ignored by the civic authority as they have turned a blind eye towards the awful condition of the locality. The claims of development seem to be just an eye wash.”
“It has been years since the streets in the area became damaged and dilapidated. Over the passage of time, the lanes have become even more worn out, but the civic authority continues to neglect it. There are patches of pits, at many places the lanes are either half broken or completely in shambles while most of drains in our area are choked due to accumulation of garbage which emanates foul smell. We never witnessed desilting of drains for the last so many years,” the local residents added.
A local resident, Gurmeet Singh said that while few lanes in the locality got a facelift recently but majority of the streets in the area were “deliberately” left unattended by the civic body.
“There are some pockets in the area where improvement of lanes was executed; however, it could be attributed largely due to political consideration and intervention. But overall nothing has been done in most of the other parts in the locality due to which lanes are getting worse,” Gurmeet said.
“Maintenance of roads is a big concern for the residents. The lanes are in a bad shape, and the number of potholes is increasing by the day. Rain water gets accumulated in these potholes, which makes it utterly inconvenient for both vehicles and those on foot to commute through the way,” he added.
Gurmeet further said that roadside garbage dumps are also a major issue here adding this destroys the aesthetic beauty of the place and emanates a nasty odour, posing numerous health hazards for the inhabitants while the drainage system is frequently choked, also emitting stench.
Several other residents said that a vast area of their locality is not equipped with street lights while wherever the lights have been installed, they are non-functional.
“Several parts in the locality are without street lights and those pockets which were equipped with such facility are forced to bear defunct street lights. The lights are non-functional for quite some time and still waiting for a repair or replacement,” said residents
“The lighting system within few months of its installation developed some snag and since then it hasn’t been repaired,” they added.
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