SHRC issues notice to SMC

The State Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued a notice to Srinagar Municipal Corporation on a petition seeking directions to the Commission to outline policy to prevent water logging in the summer capital Srinagar.

The notice was issued after rights activists Muhammad Ahsan Untoo filed a petition before the SHRC. The petition has been listed for consideration on Monday.

The notice was issued by Jung Bahadur Singh Jamwal, member SHRC and the SMC has been directed to submit reply without any delay.

In his plea, the petitioner has said that on July 25, follwing the rainfall, the entire drainage system in the city got chocked and all major routes leading to Hari Singh High Street, main Lal Chowk, Regal Chowk, Paladium Gali, Polo view, Kursoo Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, LD Hospital,   Rainawari, Old Barzulla had got submerged.

The petion says that the areas house important offices like civil secretariat, High Court and Divisional Commissioner’s office.

“Due to water logging, havoc was created in Srinagar and it seemed that the city was in flood,” the petition says, alleging that authorities failed to carry timely de-watering.

The petition says that water logging creates problems for the commuters and school going children, adding that the authorities were duty bound to provide all facilities to the citizens including proper drainage system.   

The petitioner besides seeking policy for prevention of the water logging has also sought direction to the SMC to inform the SHRC about interim measures taken by it regarding dewatering of the affected areas.