UDHAMPUR, Apr 23: To invite attention of the Government towards burning issues of Udhampur such as paralysed traffic management, polluted as well as irregular water supply, increased drug abuse and increased toll tax between Jammu & Udhampur, Panthers Party will stage a one-day dharna in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office at Udhampur on April 26.
This was informed by former MLA and NPP president Balwant Singh Mankotia while addressing a press conference, here today. Even as I started door to door awareness campaign over these issues from January 1, 2019 and a “Maha Rally” was also organised as mark of protest, the administration turned blind eye and remained completely failed to take necessary action to sort out these issues,” he said.
Mankotia apprised that in Udhampur City MH Chowk, Jakheni Chowk as well as surroundings of Rathian, Battal-Ballian, Tikri etc, traffic management has totally collapsed and heavy traffic jam creates mess every day at Udhampur. He said that traffic jam affects daily routine life and people of Udhampur feel tortured everyday due to regular traffic jam. Reiterating the demand of shifting the Jakheni Naka, Mankotia said that they had already demanded several times to shift this naka which is the main cause of heavy traffic jam around the city.
Mankotia also drew attention towards impure and irregular water supply in Udhampur. He lamented that people of Udhampur are forced to drink most polluted water. He revealed that all city waste is dumped near Tawi river from where the entire water supply is pumped to city.
Also expressing concern over the failure of Administration to curtail the drug abuse & trafficking in Udhampur, NPP president said that youth were falling in its trap with fast rate. “It is time for the Administration to wake up from the deep sleep” he added.
Further, Mankotia termed Ban Toll Plaza as big burden for the people of Udhampur and expressed his anxiety over the gradual increase in the Toll-Tax rate every year for 60 km long, Udhampur – Jammu route and demanded earlier decrease in the rate.
Mankotia warned strong agitation if early redressal of these issues is not done by the Government administration and concerned departments.
Senior JKNPP leader Rafiq Chandeil and Sham Sharma were also present during the press conference.