City center inundates again

City center inundates again

This is the poor state of drainage in the City when Srinagar is struggling to emerge out of September floods.

A few inches of snowfall melted but yet again left behind the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining marketplaces inundated.

In the past three odd days of rough weather, when Srinagar received no more than a few  inches of snowfall and rains, the commercial hub roads are inundated to ankle or knee deep waters.

This is the poor state of drainage in the City when Srinagar is struggling to emerge out of September floods.

For people visiting the business hub it was a tough time as they had to walk in freezing waters or try treading cautiously bricks put in the muddy waters, which kept rising with wet spell.

Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation President Muhammad Yasin Khan expressed serious concern over the poor drainage in the City.

“Despite our repeated appeals successive regimes have failed to evolve a proper drainage system in the City. Because of this negligence trade fraternity has been suffering losses worth millions all the times,” Khan said.

He said the traders would have no options but to take to streets should the government fail to evolve a foolproof drainage system for marketplaces in first instance.

The City center drainage has been defunct for years. The government concern has been such the charge of drainage post floods has been reportedly given into the hands of engineers having no expertise in the field. “During the Model Code of Conduct some SMC engineers played a negative role in this regard,” insiders said.