The activists of Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today held a strong protest demonstration against declaration of Jammu City as dirtiest in the state and sought resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, who heads the Urban Development Department.
In the recent 'Swach Survekshan -2017' Jammu City was placed at 251st rank in cleanliness drive and was declared as the dirtiest in the state.
The JKNPP activists led by former minister Harsh Dev Singh, Yash Paul Kundal and other leaders assembled at Exhibition Ground Jammu and staged a strong protest.
The agitated protestors torched the effigy of the BJP and sought immediate resignation from Minister of Urban Development Dr. Nirmal Singh by holding him responsible for the poor performance of 'City of Temples' in the national survey results.
Harsh Dev Singh regretted that the city of temples had been converted into a pit of garbage.
He further expressed shock over the media reports that 95 million liters of untreated sewage was dumped into River Tawi on daily basis.
Likewise, the highly deficient and defective drainage system, open pits and leakages of water supply pipes, lack of sewage treatment plants, illegal dumping of municipal solid waste, lack of ambient air monitoring stations, etc. posed a serious hazard to human health in Jammu city, he said.
Singh said that Jammu had failed on almost all significant parameters determining its eligibility for Smart city which included progress under Swach Bharat Mission, track record of implementing reforms, e-newsletter, timely payments of salary to municipal staff, execution of master plans, improved revenues through tax collection and user charges.
Paramjit Marshal, Naresh Chib, Gagan Pratap, Shyam Gorkha, Parshotam Parihar, Nirmal Kishore, Raj Kumar Jandial, Sanjeev Verma, Shankaar Singh Sanju, Ram Badyal, Rashpaul Singh, Rakesh Gupta, Ravinder Jamwal, Pratap Singh, Mohinder Singh, Ajay Kumar besides others participated in the protest.