STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Flaying authorities for trying to change original structure of Mubarak Mandi, the residents of Wards No 1, 2 and 3 on Sunday staged a protest at Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex amidst maintaining social distancing and observing all advisories issued by the administration to contain COVID-19. The protesters resented installation of cattle-grids at main entrance of the complex, resulting in a number of accidents in recent past besides causing a number of hardships for residents, especially children and old-aged. They also opposed installation of iron gates at the main entrance, which is against the heritage maintenance. The residents argued that the authorities installed cattle-grids overnight without prior intimation to public or other stakeholders. Former Minister Yogesh Sawhney, who is also General Secretary JKPCC and Incharge Jammu (Urban) along with Corporater Ward No 2 Jagdish Kumar have also extended their support to the protesters. “There should be no change in original old structure but it should only be maintained properly. The installed cattle grid has already caused undue harassment in form of accidents as pedestrians are facing extreme hardships in their movement due to installation of cattle grid,” a protester said. “The work for erecting an Iron Gate was being done in late hours, which was opposed by the residents and Police Post Incharge Panjthirthi was informed. The authorities tried to install iron gates in night hours, as they had already installed cattle-grids without informing people. Can’t they work during day,” another protester asked. All the protesters demanded immediate completion of main work regarding repair /maintenance of the complex than wasting money for irrelevant works. They also demanded immediate removal of cattle-grids in public interest. They further said that if iron gates would be installed, it would cast a change in original heritage structure, which is rightly objectionable. Others present on the occasion included Ram Magotra (President Ward No 1), Anand Gandotra, M L Malanger, Chander Shekher, Atul Sharma (General Secretary DCCU), Sanjay, Paranav Singh, Sanjeev, Marshal Dutta, Mohit Sharma, Manu Saraf, Sanjay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Rinku, Darshan, Rohit Chopra, Mintu, Rakesh Kumar, Arvind Khajuria, Pankaj Sharma, Pankul Abrol, Shalav Sharma, Jagdish Kumar and Subash Chander.
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