Framing committee to check pollution of rivers a welcome step: Sharma

Chander Mohan Sharma, Founder Convenor of Tawi Andolan interacting with media persons at Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Chander Mohan Sharma, Founder Convenor of Tawi Andolan interacting with media persons at Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 5: It is a welcome step on the part of state administration to frame a committee to check pollution of rivers.
This was stated by Chander Mohan Sharma, Founder Convenor of Tawi Andolan while interacting with media persons here today.
He said that committee for rejuvenation of rivers comprises of bureaucrats only. “Tawi Andolan is skeptical about its achievements as these rivers particularly Tawi is the victim of willful neglect and slackness of bureaucrats may they be Revenue Department, JDA, Forest, JMC, Irrigation, UEED or Flood Control Department officers”, he added.
Sharma demanded inclusion of representatives of civil societies working in this field and also teachers and scholars of universities in the committee for rejuvenation of rivers.
“The main reason for pollution of river TAwi is pouring of filthy material into it through eighteen big drains on both sides of river and also due to non-availability of comprehensive solid waste management”, Sharma said and regretted that Ministers and senior functionaries of the previous Government headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had number of times assured Tawi Andolan team that all these nallahs will be diverted for which funds were being provided by Central Government, but nothing has been done till today.
He demanded enquiry by High Court Judge as how and who sabotaged Tawi River Front face lift programme and who allowed land grabbers to settle in and around river Tawi by providing them by electric and water connection.
He said that there is need of fixing responsibility for puncture of fourth bridge over Tawi at Bhagwati Nagar to facilitate the illegal settlement of people from particular community in violation of plan and law of the land.
“About de-pollution of River Tawi in Jammu City and around, the total stretch from Nagrota to Village Thub should be made target and not only stretch from Suraj Nagar to Belicharana”, he added.
Among others present were Subash Gupta Co-Convenor, Mohan Singh Rana, Joginder Khajuria, Prof BL Bhardwaj, Ram Prashad and Balwinder Singh.