STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Narottam Sharma, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Councillor from Ward No 3, Mast Garh of Jammu old city met the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu and apprised him of various issues concerning general masses at JMC Town Hall, Jammu. Sharma apprised the LG about faulty drinking water supply and said that water being supplied to people is not fit for human consumption. Alleging criminal negligence on part of PHE in old city area, Sharma said that after 72 years of independence, we failed to provide clear drinking water to people and are forcing them to drink water which is not fit even for consumption of animals. Pointing out issue of lack of parking space, as a result of which people of old city have no option, but to park their vehicles on road, Sharma informed that Mahant Ravi Nathji of Peer Kho has agreed to provide ten Kanals of land for construction of parking. A MoU was also signed between Mahantji and outgoing commissioner JMC, but the file is pending since last more than 8 months, despite repeated requests. He requested LG to issue necessary directions to Commissioner Secretary for giving approval to construct parking at Peer Kho. Sharma also pin pointed about chunk of forest land grabbed by land mafia, opposite Peer Kho temple and behind DC office, which can also be developed into parking place, thereby creating good parking spaces to relieve roads of parked vehicles, especially in circular road and adjoining areas to ensure smooth, uninterrupted and hazel-free vehicular moment. Sharma appreciated transparency in allocation of works through e-tender system but said that it takes too much of time, creating undesirable and unjustified inconvenience for public. He demanded minimum amount of Rs 1 lakh to 2 lakh at disposal of Councillors, out of CCDP for execution of emergency repairing and other works. Sharma further said that Gandola project has been created in ward no 3, but local youth have been ignored by concerned agency, which is undesirable and unjustified. As such, it is requested that concerned agency may kindly be directed to reserve at least 20 per cent posts for eligible local educated youth, he added. LG listened to the demands put forth by the Councillor and assured that he would direct the concerned authorities to look into the matter as early as possible.
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