With a defunct drainage system, Sopore reels under water-logging

Inhabitants of Dooru in north Kashmir's Sopore area are up in arms against the district administration for not paying attention to their problems.
With a defunct drainage system, Sopore reels under water-logging
Photo: Ghulam Muhammad/Gk

Inhabitants of Dooru in north Kashmir's Sopore area are up in arms against the district administration for not paying attention to their problems. Following the snowfall and rains this winter, water from defunct drainage system has entered into houses in Pir Mohalla, Dar Mohalla, Mir Mohalla and Mukhdam Mohalla localities.

"It is flood-like situation in our localities as water overflowed from the blocked drains directly into our houses. Our lawns turned into ponds, our boundary walls were damaged," said Shabir Ahmad Shah and Mumtaz Ahmad Shah of Mir Mohalla and Dar Mohalla of Dooru. 

The aggrieved residents said the drains have been left unattended by the authorities for past many years which caused inundation of the whole area. Residents alleged that such situation arises again and again because of the inaction and negligence of the authorities. 

"The drains are blocked for past many years in the area. The concerned departments didn't take any action to restore the defunct system," said another local resident, Farooq Ahmad. 

"We have approached additional deputy commissioner Sopore and the concerned department many times regarding the issue but no work has been taken up so far. Now we once again appeal the governor and other authorities to look into the matter and address our issue," the residents said.

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