‘JDA issues order to demolish culvert constructed by PWD’

“The area has around 20-30 culverts, but the JDA tried to demolish only one among them. When PWD constructed the culvert, it must have sought all permissions.

TARIQ ABRAR
Jammu, Publish Date: Jun 22 2018 1:48AM | Updated Date: Jun 22 2018 1:48AM
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The residents of Sector 7, Roop Nagar, Gujjar Basti on Thursday alleged that Jammu Development Authority (JDA) has issued an order to demolish a culvert, which was constructed by Public Works Department three weeks ago, and JDA authorities tried to demolish the same on Thursday.

Imran Khan, a local, said, “On Thursday, JDA authorities tried to demolish a culvert (pulli) constructed by PWD. The culvert was constructed only three weeks ago after a tender was issued by the department around three months ago. The culvert connects two Gujjar Bastis and is an important link and should not be demolished without proper reasons.”

“The area has around 20-30 culverts, but the JDA tried to demolish only one among them. When PWD constructed the culvert, it must have sought all permissions. How and why are JDA authorities demolishing it? We are not being told the reason as well,” the locals alleged.

According to reports with Greater Kashmir, the culvert could not be demolished on Thursday as the locals assembled and resisted the JDA officials. 

“We did not let them demolish it without a proper reason,” Imran Khan said.

On being contacted by Greater Kashmir, Rajan Mengi, Ex-En PWD Division 2, said, “We constructed the culvert around three weeks ago. The JDA has not notified us about the demolition.” While sharing the possible reasons which are applied before demolishing a culvert, he said, “If the quality of work done is not satisfactory, then it is demolished. In that case as well, we (PWD) demolish it ourselves and reconstruct it.”

D S Katoch, Director Lands Management (DLM) JDA, while talking to Greater Kashmir, said, “I have no knowledge about the demolition. The vice-chairman is the only one who would know about it and in any case, we (JDA) only demolish something when it is in violation of the set norms. If anything is constructed without JDA’s permission on JDA land, we have a right to demolish it, not otherwise.” 

Greater Kashmir could not reach vice-chairman JDA Rajesh Kumar Shavan as his phone was continuously switched off.

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