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Water Supply Pipes Not Replaced For 50 Years, Sanitation Works Increase Problems In Ward 3 – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

Sanjeev K. Sharma

JAMMU, November 17: The water supply pipes in Ward No. 3 in the old city of Jammu have not been replaced for more than 50 years and the people living there are forced to consume contaminated water as these pipes have developed leaks in many places and as these pipes are buried underground where the sewer system pipes are also located, there is a serious threat to public health in the neighborhood.
Giving more details on this burning issue of public interest, Narotam Sharma, Councilor of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) of Ward Number 3, informed that tenders have been launched to replace old and worn out pipes in the ward , but none of the contractors showed up due to the poor payment procedure for this work by the authorities concerned.
Narotam, who politically belongs to the BJP and is a councilor for the first time, in an exclusive interaction with the Excelsior, said that his district includes the areas of Mast Garh (upper and lower), Peer Kho, Purani Mandi, Peer Mitha, Link Road, Dhaki Sarajan and Circular Road.
He also informed that there are many problems in the neighborhood which are triggered by the poorly executed works of laying a sewage system in the area where the concerned agency broke up the roads and lanes but did not failed to fix them properly, especially on the road section from Link Road to Peer Mitha where the problem has been there for two years and repeated inquiries to senior management of the agency concerned have yielded no results.
“Dust flies with the movement of vehicles on this stretch of road while manholes are also blocked in many places in the neighborhood, creating problems for residents and traders in the area,” argued Councilor JMC, adding that another job that could not be done. in the district so far, there are development works in Akhara of Peer Kho which have not been developed due to lack of funds.
It is pertinent to mention here that the elected body of JMC responsible for developments in JMC neighborhoods has completed more than four years of its five-year term, but many development works are still miles away from completion and, in some cases, this work has not even started.
The councilor said development works at Aap Shambhu Temple on Circular Road with estimated expenditure of Rs. 30 lakh could not be accomplished as funds were not available.
“The construction and repair of about 75% of the lanes and drains in my neighborhood has been completed, while the repair of a Nallah in Peer Kho has been completed with an expenditure of Rs. 3 crores and repair works on Baba Lal Ji Nallah are ongoing,” he said.
Sharma further said that the Link Road drainage system in Peer Mitha could start within days as part of the Smart City project, while dewatering works in the neighborhood are 100% complete.
“Peer Kho Park is properly developed with an outdoor gym, lights and seating while the neighborhood has no playground, no public restrooms and no community hall,” he said. -he assures.
Regarding the problem of parking in the neighborhood, the councilor informed that there was a project to create a parking place in Peer Kho, but it could not be started due to lack of funds. and the official bureaucracy existing in government offices.
He added that the cleanliness in the neighborhood is quite good and there are also a good number of Safai Karamcharis to maintain the cleanliness in the neighborhood.
“Fogging has been delayed in my neighborhood as the water problem persists there during the summer months,” the JMC councilor continued, adding, “A tube well in Peer Kho has been sanctioned and it could be completed by the summers of next year, which will then solve the area’s water problem.
He said smart meters have yet to be installed in the neighborhood, while autos going door-to-door picking up trash are doing a good job, while wheelbarrows have also been put into use on the streets. where cars cannot reach. collect garbage.
Narotam Sharma also informed that problems due to stray dogs are also present in the ward as these animals spread litter and panic children and elderly people.
He claimed that Ayushman cards were made by maximum residents of his ward while all eligible voters made their voter cards and most people in the ward have Aadhar cards, and all eligible people have received the COVID-19 vaccination and almost all of them made residence certificates.
“The neighborhood has a good transportation system while only a few cases of thefts of iron gratings from the sewers have been reported and the neighborhood also has many drug addicts and peddlers that the police should be aware of,” Sharma said.
He claimed that he has helped many old people, widows and disabled people to get a pension, but the currently introduced rule of these pensions exclusively for those on the poverty line (BPL) is creating problems for many deserving people so that it is also very difficult these days to do GLP certificates.