Sadhotra visits waterlogged areas of Jammu North Constituency, seeks protection bunds on vulnerable Nallahs

 JAMMU JULY 29 (KNS):  Former minister and Senior National Conference leader Mr Ajay Kumar Sadhotra today visited the rain hit and waterlogged areas of the Jammu North Assembly Constituency and took stock of the situation caused due to heavy downpour for the past few days, posing flood like threat to adjoining residential localities.

“The obtaining situation betrays the tall government claims of Jammu emerging as a smart City, as the minimum basics of the civic and other works showing pathetic neglect”, Sadhotra said during his extensive visit of the hugely inundated colony Shiv Vihar Lower Muthi. He expressed his serious concern over the damage of Houses, damages of Clothes, Beddings and Eatables like Atta, Chawal, Dals etc. He urged the government to issue free ration to the victims of heavy rains and losses to their belongings be assessed and adequate relief be given.

He said the government does not seem to have learnt lessons from the experience of the past few monsoons which had laid a ferocious impact on the Nallahs, causing these to overflow. The least the residents had expected was the government making advance strategies for training the Nallahs, given the colossal damages caused during the past few years. He said the government apathy, lack of vision and lackadaisical attitude of the line departments have made the lives of the inhabitants miserable. The vulnerability of the situation is discernible from the fact that the water does not only seep into the houses but the pedestrian movement also gets jeopardized due to gushing waters, he said.

Mr Sadhotra questioned the developmental strategy of the government, especially under the Smart City Project, saying thrust ought to have been on improving the civic amenities and other urban facilities in the left over areas of the city rather than focusing on the areas that could wait. Had the concerned departments planned the schemes as per priority, the present morass like situation could have been averted, he asked and lamented over the lack of accountability in the government.

Mr Sadhotra sought immediate assessment of the areas prone to flash floods, as the monsoon has just begun and the coming days could be very crucial. The engineers from the various line departments should make collective efforts to provide some respite to the people. He also called for pressing into service the water draining pumps in the inundated areas and relieve the city dwellers of the irritants of the monsoon.

He also expressed concern over the erratic power supply and scarce drinking water facility in most of the areas in Jammu. He urged the government to ensure regulated supply of these basic services and make advance flood mitigating arrangements across the Jammu region.

Interacting with the people, the Former Minister expressed solidarity with the suffering residents and assured that all their issues would be taken up with the concerned for redressal. 

Mr Sadhotra was accompanied by S/Sh Raj Roop Singh Ex Sarpanch, Randhir ingh Chib, Ravi Sharma, Shalu Sharma and Sahil Singh during his visit to various locality in the Jammu North Assembly Constituency.(KNS)

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