Inordinate delay in improving drainage system in City centre areas here is causing immense problems to commuters and traders there.
Due to defunct drainage system, slight rain causes water-logging in City centre areas including commercial LalChowk, Regal Chowk, Polo View, KMD yard, SBI lane and Maisuma–hampering movement of pedestrians.
"Frequent water-logging has taken sheen of the city centre. Light rains or even few inches of snowfall inundate major roads and lanes here," said Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Amira Kadal.
"People are forced to walk through water-logged roads here. This causes inconvenience to commuters and also creates bad impression among the tourists who visit the city centre. We had many times apprised the concerned authorities to look into the matter, however our requests met with deaf ears," he said.
Traders and inhabitants mince no words to accuse the concerned authorities of sitting over augmentation of drainage system in this vital area. "Frequent water-logging has affected our business as our customers prefer to make purchases at other markets," said Gulzar Ahmad of AbiGuzar.
The Urban Environmental Engineering Department (UEED) entrusted with planning, designing and construction of drainage in urban areas passed the buck on the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
"The state government had in 2005 transferred the UEED's three divisions comprising City drainage (civil) Sewerage and Drainage division-II to the SMC," said the Chief Engineer UEED, MH Lone.
"In Srinagar, only Khanyar, Jogilankar, Dalgate, Buchpora, Nowpora fall under the UEED's domain wherein we have been undertaking drainage projects," Lone added.
However, the SMC Commissioner, Dr GN Qasba, played down the issue. "SMC has started work to improve the drainage system in the City centre areas. In past three days, we have augmented drainage system in LalChowk," he said.