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On fast track for pond facelift

Aggrieved over the lackadaisical attitude of the state government as well as Dhanbad Municipal Corporation towards the renovation of the historic Raja Talab in Jharia, councillor of ward No. 37 Anup Sao will start a fast-unto-death from August 13.

The decision was taken during a meeting of various organisations like Jharia Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Dhanbad Zilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Agrasen Bhavan in Jharia on Tuesday.

We have been compelled to take this step, as repeated attempts of residents to draw the attention of the civic bosses and state urban development department failed to yield any result, said Sao.

Notably, the councillor has been fighting over this talab renovation issue for a long time now. Sao had even staged a fast-unto-death in November last year, compelling state urban development minister Suresh Paswan to visit Jharia on December 26.

The minister had assured the residents of funds for the renovation. In fact, Dhanbad Municipal Corporation then chalked out a two-phase renovation plan.

Though work started in February, dewatering could be completed and the pond turned into a cesspool of filth with the onset of monsoon.

During the meeting, other issues like pending construction of the community health centre at Baniahir Ground and the corruption in government offices were also discussed.

To root out corruption, the protesters decided to organise a halla bol rally in front of the circle officers office in Jharia on Thursday.