JAMMU, FEB 25: Condemning illegal move of Jammu Municipal Corporation to dump garbage in Kot-Bhalwal, a highly populated area of Jammu district, which is in violation of Solid Waste Management Rules, Kandi Belt Movement has threatened to intensify ongoing stir if the Govt failed to take notice of the people’s demand. This was stated by Chairman, Kandi Belt Movement, K D Singh while addressing a Press Conference here today.
While interacting with media, Singh further said that people of Kot-Bhalwal and adjoining villages have been protesting against illegal dumping of garbage by JMC since long, but administration has taken no action in this regard. “JMC identified said land for dumping of garbage at Bhalwal in year 2004, but after numerous representations and protests by locals, Govt promised in writing that no garbage will be dumped in the area. In 2011, Govt again tried to dump garbage forcibly at Bhalwal, but said attempts were foiled by locals and the then DyCM alongwith officers of JMC also agreed to shift dumping site to some alternate place,” he added.
Singh further said that it is unfortunate that from February 2018, JMC authorities, in sheer violation of Solid Waste Management Rules and State Pollution Control Board Rules, has again started dumping about 200-250 trucks of solid-waste in Bhalwal.
Singh further alleged that local MLA and Minister for Health were also approached by local residents but no action has been taken by them for mitigating sufferings of masses. He appealed to the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and Dy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh to intervene into the matter and resolve burning issue of locals at the earliest failing which people residing in Muthi, Domana, Purkhoo, Mishriwala, Ghrota, Burn, Akhnoor, Raipur, Bantalab, Chinore, Roopnagar areas would be forced to intensify their agitation.
Prominent among others present on the occasion included Gurbachan Singh, Narinder Singh, Kuljeet Singh, Rajdev Singh, Pratap Singh, Fakir Chand, Ram Mohammad, Kulbhushan Singh and Baba Chanchal.