Drainage system breaks down at Bonpora Batamaloo

Inhabitants suffer, authorities in slumber

SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI

Srinagar, Jan 7: Inhabitants of Bonpora Batamaloo here are facing immense inconvenience due to defunct drainage system and dilapidated roads.  
 The aggrieved inhabitants said the lanes and by-lanes in the locality remain water-logged due to breakdown in the drainage system.
 “For past six years we have been moving from pillar to post to get the drainage system restored. However our requests met with deaf ears. There are over 500 households in the locality and the choked drains have hampered our smooth movement,” the inhabitants said.
 “As lanes and by-lanes are inundated by sewage water, we face immense problems to move out of the locality. We are left with no option but to walk through sewage water,” they said.
 The Mohalla Committee president, Bilal Ahmad accused the authorities of failing to provide basic amenities in the area.
 “Our locality remains inundated with sewage water particularly during rains. Children and women are the worst sufferers. There is possibility of disease outbreak here if immediate measures are not taken to restore the drainage system,” Bilal said while covering his nose with handkerchief to avoid pungent smell of overflowing sewage water.
 Due to chocking of drains, some families are planning to migrate from the locality. “In summer, whole area is engulfed with pungent smell. We shift children and aged persons from the locality to save them from water borne diseases. With authorities acting as mute spectators to the serious issue, we are left with no option but to migrate to other place,” they said.
 They said though the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) drainage circle had constructed drains at main roads in Bonpora Batamaloo via Masjid at an estimated cost of Rs 6.78 lakhs. “But the lateral drains in the lanes and bylanes are yet to be constructed despite passing of six years,” they said.
 They said the sewage water has seeped into foundation of houses in the area. “There is every possibility that some houses will collapse due to dampness,” he said.
 They said the devotees who visit the Shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Dawood Sahib (RA) in the locality also face inconvenience due to overflowing drains.
 “We make a fervent appeal to the authorities to resolve the issue within 15 days. After that we will be forced to take to streets and launch an agitation,” they said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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