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Exhibit will to change fate of Bhour Camp residents: Munish asks admin
Locals irked over lack of civic amenities, demand overall improvement
4/9/2020 11:45:04 PM

JAMMU, Apr 9: Editor, Early Times, Munish Gupta, on Thursday slammed the authorities for their failure to ensure macadamized lanes, proper hygienic conditions and drainage system to the residents of Bhour Camp area due to which the locals are forced to face a nightmarish experience.
“It’s a big dilemma of Jammu city that the development of several residential colonies and localities either remained on papers or it is too less to give any benefit to the dwellers,” said Munish, who would be contesting the forthcoming Assembly elections as an independent candidate from Gandhi Nagar constituency,
He said that with the passage of time things went from bad to worse as far as development of the city is concerned and today it’s a city where you can see garbage in almost every locality, most of its residential areas present a shabby look.
“There is hardly any street or mohalla in city limits which can boast of completely equipped with all necessary amenities. Same is the fate of Bhour Camp which lacks even simple facilities like carpeted roads, channelized drainage system and good sanitation,” said Munish.
“The improvement in overall condition of Bhour Camp depends on the role of the administration. The destiny of residents can be changed. Administration needs to exhibit a will and desire to do it through collective measures and motivation,” he added. Meanwhile, the residents of Bhour Camp while talking to Early Times expressed their annoyance against the authorities for turning a blind eye to their demands and for ignoring the locality since long.
“Damaged roads, garbage heaps along roadside, choked drains filled with muck and lack of sanitation facilities are some of the problems, which have led to displeasure among the locals.
We are not asking to build a castle for us. We only seek an overall improvement of the area,” said the residents.
Several residents said that roads have not been re-carpeted for the past several years due to which the residents face a lot of problems.
“The potholed roads give bumpy rides to the commuters, often resulting to mishaps. Especially, during the rains, these potholes get filled with water, making it difficult for two-wheelers to ride their vehicles.
Many a times they fail to spot the potholes due to the water stagnating on the road, and end up ramming their vehicles in them thereby getting injured,” said a resident, Raju.
One of the residents, Sonu said that besides dilapidated roads, the heaps of garbage could be seen along roadsides.
“During rainy days, the garbage mixes with water emitting foul smell. The Safai Karamcharis deputed in the area do not come on regular basis for cleaning the roads and streets,” he said.
While Bikram Singh, one among the residents said that the dilapidated roads in the area have irked them most. “The authorities have failed to macadamize the dilapidated roads in our area thereby leaving the residents of the area to suffer,” he said.
He said that besides the shabby conditions of roads, there is heaps of garbage lying on the roads.
“The garbage lying on the roads are posing threat of infectious diseases,” Singh said. Another resident, Suresh Sagar said that the sanitary condition in some streets of the area is very bad which needs to be improved at the earliest.
“In absence of proper garbage-lifting mechanism, the waste materials get scattered on roads. The garbage is being thrown on roadsides or in vacant plots. This garbage causes pollution. Heaps of garbage, mainly plastic waste is getting dumped regularly at various spots in the area,” he said. Few others were perturbed over the pathetic condition of the drainage system in the area. They said that most of the drains are blocked with accumulation of silt which often emanates foul smell adding that the drainage covers at several points are also broken.
“The civic authorities are not ensuring proper upkeep of the drainage which is creating several problems for the inhabitants. A large number of drains are choking there by causing stench. The drainage covers have also damaged at some places but they are yet to be repaired or replaced with the new ones,” said the residents.
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