Dear Editor, While Government is busy with elections and campaigning and making tall claims to deport Rohingians and other illegal migrants; flyovers, half constructed buildings have become shelters for these roofless and is turning into new slums in Jammu City. Flyovers make a cozy home for these illegal migrants in the city. Moreover, it is free and no one is there to question. One can freely live here without any fear. They are not worried at all as there is a lot of free space on the new roads constructed and half constructed buildings in outskirts. Most of these spaces are used by people working on the roads indulging in begging or selling small items. They live here and work at the traffic signals, Canal Road, Raghunath Bazaar, Parade. Families and children stay here and there are lot of people from other states also. The space under flyovers is also used by rickshaw pullers, ice-cream vendors and hawkers to sleep at night as it is an open house. In our city there are several children living alone and they often are seen living in small clusters near their area of work. These are rag pickers, working at construction sites, at tea stalls, etc. Many of them use these flyovers as a place to seek shelter at night. I really wonder why the authorities allow this entire nuisance. At the heart of the city, Jewel Chowk they are allowing the rag-pickers to establish another colony under these flyovers which really gives a bad impression. Moreover, ours is a very sensitive state and such things can pose a serious security threat. It is a serious issue and needs proper attention. The need of the hour is that the concerned authorities and civil administration should keep a check on these growing colonies under flyovers and in other open space. D.P Singh (Raju), Jammu.
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