Div Com reviews dewatering measures

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Thursday conducted tour of the city following early morning rainfall which resulted in water-logging in different areas.

During his visit, Khan visited Sonawar, TRC Crossing, MA Road, Polo View, Regal Chowk, Residency Road, Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Amira Kadal, Hari Singh High Street, Jehangir Chowk, New Secretariat Road, Naaz Cinema & LD Crossings, Wazir Bagh, Gogji Bagh, Solina, Ram Bagh, Baghat, Barzulla, Chanapora, Bagh-i-Mehtab and other areas of the city to take first hand appraisal of the situation.

He was briefed about the measures being taken to tackle water-logging and preparedness to deal with any kind of exigency.

It was informed that 80 dewatering stations, 115 mobile de-watering pumps and adequate number of fire tenders have been pressed into service in various waterlogged areas across the city.

Khan was informed that I&FC was also using their mobile pumps to dewater city areas at various locations.

The Divisional Commissioner directed the concerned to ensure additional de-watering pumps along with deployment of men and machinery at all vital locations in the city.

For quick and effective action, he stressed engineers and officers of line departments including SMC, UEED, R&B, I&FC and traffic to carry out field inspections every hour across the capital and ensure that water was pumped out from the roads, streets and especially from schools, hospitals and electricity stations at earliest.

The officers were directed to send hourly report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office about the status of de-watering measures.

In future, the departments concerned were asked to ensure that all identified areas were constantly manned and supervised by officials so that the moment water-logging occurs, the authorities swing into action immediately.

The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal, Commissioner SMC, Chief Engineers of Irrigation, Flood Control (I&FC), and Roads, Building (R&B), SP Traffic and other officers concerned of various departments accompanied the Divisional Commissioner.