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Fast for civic needs

Two Dhanbad Municipal Corporation councillors have launched a fast-unto-death to draw the attention of the authorities towards poor amenities across Jharia, Dhanbad, Katras, Sindri and Chatatand.

Jai Kumar and Somit Subhkar, councillors of ward numbers 40 and 50 respectively, are staging their agitation outside the corporation office since Thursday to highlight poor sanitation and lack of cleanliness and press for their demand for better facilities.

Among their major demands are installation of streetlights and high mast lighting at important squares, construction of public toilets and individual ones in each household and simplification of formalities for allocation of water connection.

Councillor Kumar said the corporation had failed miserably as stinking garbage and overflowing drains had become permanent features across the five circles.

Regarding other issues, Kumar said: “Several documents like holding tax receipt and residential certificate are required for allotment of water connection which provides scope for corruption.”

Kumar added that they would not lift their stir unless the corporation officials assured to fulfil their demands.

“No body has approached us, except deputy mayor Niraj Singh, who told us that he would raise the issue in the standing committee meeting scheduled later in the day,” councillor Supkar said.

However, nothing concenrete came out of the standing committee meeting.