Water crisis continues, old pipes not replaced

Ward 37: Out of 74 parks, only 35 in good condition at Janipur

Sanjeev K Sharma
JAMMU, Nov 22: Out of 74 parks in Ward number 37 at Janipur only 35 are in good condition while water supply in the Ward is made on alternate days and the long pending demand of the residents of the Ward for replacement of the old and worn out water supply pipes never got any attention from those at the helms of affairs.
This was informed by Sunita Gupta, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Councillor from Ward number 37.
She further said that a project for replacing old water supply pipes in the Ward along with digging up of a tube well with an estimated expenditure of Rs. 7.86 crore was sent to the concerned authorities some six months back but no results have emerged on the ground so far due to scarcity of funds.
Sunita, who politically belongs to BJP and is a first time Councillor, in an exclusive interaction with the Excelsior said that areas of her Ward include half of Bhawani Nagar, Shivalik Puram, Shant Nagar, Shiv Vihar, Krishna Vihar, Arjun Nagar, Government Quarters and Upper Janipur.
She informed that despite her best efforts, slab on the Nallah near Trimurti Mandir could not be laid while there are four Nallahs in total in her Ward and all are very old of which only the one at Shivalik Puram gets flooded in rainy season every year and the water enters adjoining houses causing damage while other Nallahs in the Ward are at Ramzanpura and Bhawani Nagar.
“I have done over Rs. 1.50 crore worth developmental works in the Ward and presently the construction and repair works of lanes and drains is 80 per cent complete and the 20 per cent remaining is only due to lack of funds while blacktopping is also about 70 per cent complete in the Ward,” the Councillor said adding: “Out of 74 parks in the Ward only 35 in good condition while Open Air Gym has been provided at two parks in Ramleela Ground and at the one near minibus stand.”
She informed that there are 18 Anganwadi Centres in her Ward and one pond, now dried, at Janipur Main Stop with 1.7 kanal of its land encroached.
It is pertinent to mention here that the elected body of JMC responsible for developments in its Wards has completed over four years of its mandatory tenure of five but many development works are still miles away from completion and in some cases such works have not even yet started.
“There is no playground and no parking place for vehicles in my Ward and only 30 per cent of sewerage work has been done here,” Sunita Gupta maintained adding: “Only 40 Safai Karamcharis have been provided in my Ward while being a big Ward there is a requirement of 70 and this shortage is badly affecting the cleanliness here.”
She said that fogging has been done in the Ward to safeguard the public from ongoing dengue fever in Jammu while the newly installed Smart Meters are giving hefty bills due to which the people are suffering.
Sunita Gupta further said that autos moving from door-to-door to collect garbage are doing a good job and stray dogs in the Ward have become a big problem as they not only litter here and there but also panic the children and old age people in the Ward.
She informed that her Ward has three Community Halls and Rs. 1.20 crore was spent on the one at Shivalik Puram, Rs. 10.50 lakh on the other at Tri Murti Mandir and Rs. 5.70 lakh on Ram Leela Ground Community Hall.
“Drug addicts and peddlers are very much active in the Ward and the police should act strictly against this menace while the cases of thefts of iron gratings from the drains have also been reported from my Ward,” the JMC Councillor said.
She said, though many widows, old age people and physically challenged persons in the Ward are getting pension but the new rule for these pensions exclusively to the persons from below poverty line is creating problems for others and such rules should be scrapped immediately.
The JMC Councillor claimed that almost all the residents of her Ward have made their Ayushman Cards and all the eligible persons have got doses of COVID-19 vaccinations.
“We organized camps for Aadhar Cards while the Booth Level Officers visit people from door-to-door to make their Voter Cards,” she continued.