UDHAMPUR, May 20: Panthers Party activists today staged a one- day protest dharna against supply of polluted water in the town from Tawi in Kheri, near Jakhani where all city waste is dumped.
The protest dharna was led by NPP president and former MLA, Balwant Singh Mankotia who served an ultimatum of one month to the concerned department and administration for shifting the dumping station from Tawi River.
The protesting people did not allow any vehicle of the Municipality to dump waste in Tawi river at Kheri. A number of locals and leaders of Panthers Party joined the protest dharna, which culminated following the assurance of Tehsildar Udhampur and CEO Municipality, who personally visited the dharna site and assured to take early action in this regard.
Expressing deep anguish over the casual approach of Administration and concerned department, Mankotia said that despite repeated pleas to Deputy Commissioner & President MCU Udhampur to change the place of dumping point, nothing has been done yet in this concern. “From the beginning of this year, NPP started month long door to door awareness campaign which was followed by a massive protest march. And if no action is taken within a month, we will intensify the agitation, “he warned.
He lamented that from the last 4 years, all the city waste including the dead bodies of animals were being dumped in Tawi river at Kheri near Jakhani from where the water is supplied to whole city. “Due to supply of polluted water, various types of diseases are spreading at very fast rate among people in Udhampur , which has been ranked 3rd in the country for polluted water supply as was disclosed in training session for Councillors recently held at Jammu,” Mankotia added