Inhabitants of Phallian Mandal demand de-silting of Tawi

Inhabitants of Phallian Mandal addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Inhabitants of Phallian Mandal addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 20: Fearing floods and increased water level in Tawi due to ban on lifting of minor minerals, inhabitants of the areas near the Tawi banks have demanded de-silting of the river before onset of monsoon.
“The raised level of Tawi river bed due to garbage dumping into the river and ban on lifting of sand and stones, has posed a threat to the people living in the vicinity as chances of inundation during monsoon season have increased manifold,” claimed Vijay Sharma, accompanied by other inhabitants of village Phallian Mandal, while addressing a press conference, here today.
Stressing that de-silting of Tawi river should be undertaken before onset of monsoon for free flow of rain water and avoiding flash floods, he lamented that the Government has so far turned a Nelson’s eye towards this serious issue.
“The issue had been brought into the notice of the Government many times but there has been no action,” he said adding that the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities was posing a threat to recurring flood in the areas neighbouring Tawi.
Vijay Sharma recalled that residents of several areas, including Phallian Mandal were severely affected during the last year’s devastating floods as they lost their cattle, homes and properties. “If any untoward incident takes place then the responsibility of the same would lie with the State Government, particularly the Flood and Control Department and Geology & Mining Department,” he said.
Others, who were present in the press conference, included Gulzar Singh, Subash Sharma (Ex-Sarpanch), Saudagar Singh Saini (Ex-Sarpanch), Amit Kumar, Sukhdev Sharma, Ramesh Chander, Yashpal, Balwan Singh, Lal Chand, Manjit Singh and Sunil Bharti.