No respite for inundated Rawalpora-Rangreth localities

Water levels rise as ‘political family’ upholds canal blockade

SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI

Srinagar, Apr 3: The Rawalpora-Rangreth stretch of the south City, including the only road to prestigious industrial estate at Rangreth and the old Airport continued to be inundated amid rainfall Wednesday as blockade in the water outlet channel persisted and no alternative dewatering measures were initiated.
 For the past several days, a vast residential area towards the west of the highway in south City has been inundated while the water levels rose with downpour even along the main road to the industrial estate.


INDUSTRIAL WORK, EDUCATION HIT
 Apart from housing some prominent manufacturing units, the estate houses the regional centre for NIELIT where hundreds of budding IT professionals are undergoing education. But the waterlogging enroute has proved a spoilsport for all.
 While the business unit holders said ferrying of goods has turned cumbersome, student attendance at the NIELIT has gone down.
 “Several vehicles got damaged on the waterlogged roads so people avoid traveling here,” said a local.


LIFE,PROPERTY AT RISK
 The plight of Rawalpora-Hyderpora inhabitants looks worst. Water has seeped into many houses thereby risking lives and property of people. The water is equally rising in adjacent Alamdar Colony and Baghwanpora areas as some canals have not been cleaned for many years while the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) has failed to come to their rescue.
 Though the residents had shot an SOS to government last Thursday, till now there has been no respite, they said.
 
THE CAUSES

 A key cause of continued waterlogging has been blockade of a centuries old canal snaking through the south City areas of Rawalpora, Hyderpora and Pir Bagh that empties into Narkara wetland.
 A “political family” whose close relative happens to be a Mantri in the coalition government has allegedly got the canal blocked and is reluctant on its reopening.
 The Chief Engineer IFCD said that the department woke up and sent a team to clear the blockade today.
 But witnesses said as the staffers attempted to remove the concrete they were chased away allegedly by “political activists of the influential family putting up in the area having vote bank politics at stake.”/
 When contacted the IFCD Chief Engineer said a team had been sent to clear the blockade.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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