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Prioritize holistic development of inhabitations: Munish tells admn
Proper sanitation still eludes Sheikh Nagar residents
3/31/2020 11:49:47 PM

JAMMU, Mar 31: Editor-in-chief, Early Times, Munish Gupta, on Tuesday castigated the authorities for failing to keep a tab towards the sufferings of Sheikh Nagar residents in Bahu Fort area of the city.
Munish, who would be contesting the forthcoming assembly elections from Gandhi Nagar constituency, said, “Prioritize holistic development of inhabitations like Sheikh Nagar which is still lagging behind in overall development. People cannot be left to face agonizing moments on regular basis. Their basic needs and requirements have to be taken care of. Their troubles have to be minimized to zero level. Administration cannot ignore its citizens.”
Munish said, “Residents of Sheikh Nagar always remained at the receiving end as far as the basic amenities are concerned. They were only fed with promises but on ground nothing has been provided to them. The issues confronting the locals are required to be treated competently by the administration. Concerted efforts need to put in to reassure the people that their basic needs will be fulfilled on priority.”
The Editor Early Times urged the authorities to address the problems of people and provide them the basic amenities without any glitches.
Meanwhile, residents of Sheikh Nagar area near the campus of University of Jammu while talking to Early Times said, “Callous attitude of the concerned authorities has left us in lurch and we are facing lot of difficulties. Proper sanitation is by far the biggest concern for us while the drainage system also needed to be upgraded. Authorities need to take concrete steps to get the people of the area of this mess.”
“Maintenance of hygiene regularly and a proper drainage system are dire needs for the inhabitants as sanitation of the area is in a poor state due to which people especially children and old aged are prone to several diseases,” they added.
Several residents said that what to complain and where to complain as the civic authority never bothers to take stock of their miseries while the elected representatives also ignored them during all these years.
“It is not only the concerned authorities who kept us at bay but the elected representatives also overlooked our problems. They only turn up during elections while their whereabouts remain unknown once they get our votes,” rued several residents.
The people said that the lanes and by-lanes of the area are in shambles while overflowing drains and a nallah nearby filled with gutter and filth stinks so much that the foul smell at times become unbearable, however, neither the elected legislators nor the administration never deemed it fit to find a way out to resolve these grave problems.
Local residents also regretted that the authorities are least concerned to ensure a better upkeep of their locality. “There is so much of dirt and dust around due to lack of sanitation. A deep drain in front of our locality and adjacent to the road leading to Narwal has not been cleansed for years together. Heaps of rubbish has accumulated in the drain due to which there is severe blockage. The problem gets further multiplied as it is difficult to breathe in the smelly environment,” said locals.
“The choked drain emanates foul smell. It has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and fleas who spread numerous diseases. The problem further aggravates as and when it rains. The rainy season wreaks havoc for the residents as the drain is full with garbage and blocked. The rain water when starts overflowing enters into the nearby houses and inundates the lanes,” they added.
Several residents lamented that there is no substantial development of the area ever since it came into being adding that advancement of any kind has so far eluded them.
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