UDHAMPUR, June 11, 2021: Up in arms against the Jal Shakti Department for its failure over addressing water crisis at Udhampur , Former MLA Balwant Singh Mankotia, along with scores of workers, & general public took out a Matka-Fod rally against the Jal Shakti Department and protested against the water. Crisis. The protesters expressed their anger by broke the earthen pitchers (pots) outside the office as a mark of protest.
Mankotia lambasted the department for their failure & said that the PHE department is completely turned blind due to people are making hue & cry due to acute shortage of water. He warned that if PHE department will not restored the proper supply of water soon, then he will be forced to protest even more strongly. He said that the shortage of water in the city as well as in the panchayats of Udhampur constituency has increased beyond the limit, regarding which the department does not seem to be taking any appropriate action. Mankotia said that the officers of the department are busy in doing ‘Chamchagiri’ of BJP leaders. He said that the officers of the department are only making them happy by holding meetings with the BJP leaders, whereas the officers are not ready to addressing the problems of general public which will never be tolerated, he warned
Mankotia said that during his tenure as MLA, every house in the assembly constituency used to get water every day, on a single demand, hand pumps were installed and hundreds of new hand pumps were installed, but now they had to wait for several months even for repairs.
Mankotia warned that if the department does not improve its functioning, then he will be forced to make a big movement against the department.
On this occasion Sarpanch Sunil Manhor Sarpanch Shibdeb Singh Hoshiyar Singh Sarpanch Arshad Mohammed Sarpanch Ashok Kumar Sarpanch Sushma Devi Sarpanch Veena Devi Sarpanch Utam Singh Sarpanch Somraj Councilor Samnik Bhasin Naib- Sarpanch Pawan Mehra Amarnath Mehra Pawan Singh along with the workers and general public were also present.