Jammu Tawi, July 10
Vehicular traffic on the RS Pura-Jammu main road at Karan Bagh was disrupted for nearly four hours on Monday as people from Bhour Camp Bhour pind, Bhour Kullian blocked the road in protest over erratic supply of power and drinking water to them by the state government.
Significantly, with mercury soaring, people have started coming on the road in the district which elected BJP nominees in all the five Legislative Assembly constituencies. Trouble erupted on Monday around 12 noon when local people in large numbers came on the main road at Karan Bagh in Jammu town and started holding demonstration against unscheduled power cuts by power development department.
Raising slogans against Deputy Chief Minister, the protestors alleged that there has been no power supply to them for most of the time as apart from unscheduled power cuts, the department was resorting to its six hour scheduled power curtailment. They were also joined by former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla who accused the BJP of betraying the people of Jammu who gave them the highest ever 25 seats in Legislative Assembly.
Angry public while protesting against the government, especially against the public representatives (MLAs/ MLCs) and ministers from Jammu region said that they are enjoying cool breeze at Srinagar and alleged that the Ministers from Jammu are not available and there was no body to listen to their grievances these days. They also alleged that their elected representatives are not available to listen to their grievances. Even during night hours, there is no power for hours together and people are spending sleepless nights these days.
Pacifying the protesters, Bhalla said that the erratic power supply was affecting the supply of drinking water to the people also in other areas of Jammu district making people come on the roads almost daily.
What has been irking the people is that the government has been unable to supply them uninterrupted power even when 90 per cent of the households in Jammu District have been metered. Moreover, they feel let down especially when the concerned Ministers including Deputy Chief Minister have miserably failed in addressing burning issues of people of Jammu region.
Others who were present on the occasion included Amrit Bali Sarpanch Bhour Camp, Jagmohan Sharma Naib Sarpanch, Bal Krishan, Rishab Bali, Panch Dr. Ramesh Sharma, Baldev Singh, Gurbachan Kour, Jai Ram Sharma, Master Khushi Ram, Harpal Singh, Kapoor Lal Ward President Bhour Camp and others.