Srinagar, Nov 9: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and the Urban Environment and Engineering Department (UEED) are not serious about construction of an underground drainage system in Chanapora Housing Colony even though three years back then Superintending Engineer of UEED had requisitioned funds for the construction work, the residents of the Colony said.
In 2004 the residents said they had requested the UEED and SMC authorities to take up the construction of the drain. The UEED authorities had admitted that lack of drainage was causing problems for the residents.
"The inhabitants of the locality are living in miserable condition, in unhygienic conditions," then Superintending Engineer's letter to Chief Engineer UEED reads. The SE had asked the Chief Engineer to arrange the funds for the drain. The estimated cost of the drain, according to UEED, is Rs 20.79 lakhs.
Residents of the colony, who spoke to Greater Kashmir, said the UEED has perhaps failed to arrange funds for constructing the drain. The colony is without proper sewage and drainage facility since its establishment some five years back. "The rain water from our houses goes straight into a graveyard," said a group of residents.
The residents have now approached the Divisional Commissioner, who has asked the Commissioner SMC to start the work immediately. "I'm directed to request that the work on drain be started before the onset of winter so as to minimize the difficulties faced by people," reads a letter sent by the Additional Commissioner Kashmir to the Commissioner SMC.
The Commissioner has reportedly written to the Drainage Department for submission of a detailed estimate. "We request the UEED and SMC authorities to kindly start the work and let us heave a sigh of relief," the residents said.