JAMMU, June 11: The general assembly of the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) here today has expressed concern over the poor water and electricity supply in the city.
As the House began its morning session, one councilor after another pointed out that their neighborhoods were reeling from a severe water and electricity crisis.
BJP Councilor Sanjay Baru of Ward 41 has expressed his resentment that the water crisis in the city has peaked since the JMC took over some divisions of Jal Shakti department.
He suggested that illegal water hookups and misuse of motors be stopped.
He was supported by many other councilors who also expressed the same concern and the issue of power cuts was also raised in the House.
The Executive Engineers concerned have attempted to satisfy the Councilors by saying that some works are pending funding.
They claimed the ministry was making efforts to ensure an adequate supply of water to the public.
Chief House Congress Whip Dwarka Chowdhary, who is a councilor for Ward 46, said five tube wells in his ward should be placed on special power from the local power line as they were previously on special power . Thereupon the Mayor, Chander Mohan Gupta, after directing the officers, said the same would be done soon.
Another BJP councilor, Gurmeet Kour Randhawa of Ward 69, said the street light switches are of very poor quality and get damaged after just a few days. She demanded that good quality switches be used for streetlights.
Independent Advisor, Professor Yudhvir Singh of Ward 73 demanded handover of two non-functioning tube wells in his Ward to Jal Shakti Department, whereupon Commissioner JMC said they would talk to Irrigation Department in this regard because the tube wells were from Department of Irrigation.
BJP Councilor Gopal Gupta of Ward 5 demanded the relocation of the garbage dump point from the entrance of the historic and revered Peer Kho Temple to another location and claimed that a resolution on this had also been passed by the House to which the Mayor in his response stated that the dumping point will not be moved until another location is found.
BJP’s Rajinder Sharma raised the issue of JMC’s law enforcement wing harassing shopkeepers in the Old City and said that instead of lifting goods kept outside shops, JMC should facilitate the diversion of traffic so that only pedestrians can enter the narrow streets where such shops exist in the Old Town.
A resolution by Sham Lal Basson, Independent Councilor of Ward 48 regarding the naming of a park near the new Basti Bahu fort after Hony Capt Ashok Kumar, winner of the gallantry award who killed 13 militants and won the Sena Medal, has been adopted.
A few other resolutions were also passed.