Work on drainage system at Regal Chowk moves at snail’s pace

Affects vehicular movement, business

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 19 2017 12:26AM | Updated Date: Nov 19 2017 12:26AM
Work on drainage system at Regal Chowk moves at snail’s paceFile Photo

Construction of drainage system at Regal Chowk here is going on at snail’s pace, severely affecting vehicular movement and business.  

The authorities had assured local shopkeepers that work on the drainage construction from SBI to Regal Chowk stretch would be completed within 15 days. However, despite passing of over five months, the work is still going on this stretch. 

“Delay in completion of the drainage system is taking a heavy toll on our business,” said Naeem Ahmad, a salesman.

The shopkeepers said authorities should have carried work in double shifts on this project. “But they have even failed to maintain single shift and delayed the completion.”

Commuters are facing immense hardships due to scattered construction material and machinery at Residency Road. Big pipes dumped on roadsides have hampered vehicular movement on the busy road. 

“The work on this project was started in June 2017. However, the work was immediately stopped for around two months,” said Regal Chowk Traders Association, general secretary, Farhan Kitab.

He added that the work was resumed after over two months. “Since then, the work is carried on this project for few days and stopped for many days,” he added. 

“Till now, the authorities have been making excuses for stopping the work. In coming days, snowfall is likely to occur in Srinagar. After that authorities will ask us to wait for next summer for resumption of work. This is how they delay the projects,” he rued. 

He added that scattered construction material at Regal Chowk has brought sales down as shoppers prefer to go other markets than crossing.

“Development works are meant to make life of common people easier, boost business and ease traffic in congested areas. Ironically, in Srinagar the development works have opposite results,” he said.

He added that pipes dumped by the concerned department on footpaths and roadside give a dirty look to the busy market.

“The manholes are open and the drainage construction has caused potholes. Some of the school children have suffered injuries while crossing the construction site,” he added.

He said that the association had taken up the matter with concerned authorities. “But our pleas met with deaf ears,” he said.

“The project must be completed at the earliest. Besides the choked surface drain must be cleared forthwith,” he demanded.

He added that the lying of pipes at roadside from financial hub Lambert Lane to Regal Chowk have adversely affected the business in “financial hub” of city.

A traffic police official, wishing not to be named, said that scattered construction material has also increased the traffic jams on Residency road.

Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Riyaz Ahmad Wani said he would look into it. “Keeping in view the grievances and complaints of commuters and local shopkeepers, I assure all that I will look into it,” he added.