Restore Srinagar city's drainage system: Arif Laigaroo

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth secretary, Arif Laigaroo, Thursday expressed concern over frequent water logging in city and demanded immediate measures to prevent it.

In a statement, Laigaroo said, “Despite tall claims by the government, few hours of rainfall on Thursday morning once again exposed the poor drainage system in the capital city. The rains caused severe water logging in the most parts of the city, resulting in inconvenience to the public.”

“Most of the roads and by-lanes of the city have been under water, causing massive traffic jams,” he said, adding that it was difficult for the commuters to walk on several city roads, including the commercial hub Lal Chowk, Residency Road and MA Road.

“At some busy and important junctions, including Regal Chowk, the pedestrians preferred to hire auto-rickshaw to cross the roads. Most of public transport went off the roads due to water logging,” he said, adding that the problem was compounded by defunct drainage system in various areas. Laigaroo said that there was heavy water logging at Ghanta Ghar, Magarmal Bagh, Jehangir Chowk, Karan Nagar, Batamaloo and other parts of the city. He demanded immediate measures to prevent it.