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Wine shop is women?s bugaboo

india Updated: Oct 02, 2006 00:17 IST
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GURU GOVIND Singh Ward just gets 6 out of 10. And the negative marking comes from the wine shop which has become the bone of contention in the ward.

Dinesh and Vijai, both residing in Anand Nagar, have a complaint.
They say, “there is a wine shop near a temple, adjacent to the government garden. We want it to be removed. But our requests to the corporator and the MLA have yielded nothing.”

Ritu, a housewife, too shares the same concern. “The housewives feel unsafe as anti-social elements gather near the wine shop and often pass lewd remarks. Cases of eve-teasing by the drunkards often take place on that route,” she explains.

“Garbage disposal is a big problem also,” Sujan Singh says, “garbage is dumped near the PRD ground and is not removed from there regularly. Moreover, the drainage system is also in a poor condition. Our requests to the authorities to improve the drainage system have yet to make an impact.”

Churchgate resident Rakesh points out, “The water is supplied at a low pressure and that too for a very short time. It results in daily hardships for the residents.”

But the corporator of the area, Shiv Kumar, has answers to all these allegations levelled against him.

“People blaming me for not removing the wine shop must remember that I had removed it twice but it was re-established,” he counters. “I have carried many development works in the ward. The colonies like Alambagh Thana, CPH, Punjab Nagar, Jail road, Anand Nagar, Munawwar Bagh, part of Barha and Shanti Nagar were not having proper roads, it was me who took up the matter with the Municipal Commissioner and built the roads.” 

He continues, “I was the one who brought the funds from the Centre to construct a Sulabh complex and a proper garbage dumpyard in front of the Home guards office. People who blame me for dumping garbage in front of PRD ground should answer where the garbage should be disposed off if not inside the dump-yard.”