AUTHORITIES SIT ON DEFUNCT DRAINAGE SYSTEM

Failure of authorities to restore defunct drainage system in the summer capital is taking a heavy toll on the people as snow and rains have left several areas waterlogged.
AUTHORITIES SIT ON DEFUNCT DRAINAGE SYSTEM
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Failure of authorities to restore defunct drainage system in the summer capital is taking a heavy toll on the people as snow and rains have left several areas waterlogged. 

Most of the roads in city remained inundated on second consecutive second day as drains have been choked in absence of regular cleaning.

"There is lack of coordination among the allied departments. The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) is executing majority of drainage schemes. Srinagar Municipal Corporation also looks after drainage projects, however on the ground no change is witnessed," said Muhammad Shaban, a retired government employee.

Locals of various areas said that there is no visible improvement in drainage system.  "There is no drainage system in place. Most of the drains are choked" said residents of Jawahar Nagar. 

"Whenever there is rain, our area gets inundated and authorities have to use pumps to drain it," said locals of Bemina.

Residents of Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Bemina, Qamarwari, Batamaloo and its adjoining areas also complained of water-logging. 

Various lanes and by lanes in other areas also remained submerged, forcing locals to stay indoors. 

A senior official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation said that permanent dewatering station is working "round the clock" for clearing city roads. 

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone said that the project for construction of effective drainage system is in process.

"Authorities are in process to construct effective drainage system under the centrally sponsored scheme Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). It will cover entire Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, Sonwar and other areas," the DC said.

He informed that tendering process has been completed and further work on project will be expedited. "It will cater to larger parts of city and would end water logging complaints," he said.

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