ERA stalls work on dewatering pump at Shivpora

Residents aghast

Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 18 2017 1:03AM | Updated Date: Oct 18 2017 1:03AM
ERA stalls work on dewatering pump at ShivporaRepresentational Pic

The work on vital dewatering pump which caters to entire flood hit area of Shivpora has been put on hold for unknown reasons triggering panic among the residents who fear about floods since the area witnessed massive flooding to the level of 22-feet on 7th September, 2014.

Since the area is low lying and it took almost a month to extricate flood water from the low lying area, the government had sanctioned dewatering pump at Dhar Seed Farm for the area which would cater to situation in case Shivpora gets submerged.

According to residents of Rose Enclave, Shivpora, after lot of efforts, the government of the day sanctioned the dewatering pump and directed flood control department to execute the installation.

The Flood Control department gave the sanctioned project to ERA for execution and it was to be completed by February, 2015, but till date the work continues at snail’s pace and lately it has completely been stalled.

“We don’t know the exact reason why ERA has stopped the work. We did request Flood Control department to ask ERA to expedite, but both the departments are passing on the buck with the result the work on dewatering pump stands incomplete,” said Altaf Ahmad, a resident of Rose Lane.

As per the Mohalla Committee, the contractor had months back cited the electric pole as hurdle to its completion which the residents say has been shifted by PDD a month back. ERA chief said he would look into the issue.