Open drain on Baramulla highway threat to commuters

Open drain on Baramulla highway threat to commuters
The drain had been constructed above the road surface and the rainwater could not be drained instead is accumulated on the road.Special arrangement

It has been two months since the Baramulla administration unblocked the clogged drain on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway at Tehsil Road but the open drain now poses a threat to the commuters and has become a cause of several mishaps.

The drain on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway starting from the General Bus Stand to St Joseph Higher Secondary School Baramulla was constructed over a decade ago by the Border Roads Organisation, Project Beacon.

However, due to a fault in its design, it had no outlet, resulting in all the filth getting accumulated in the drain, causing a foul smell all the time.

The drain was also constructed above the road surface and the rainwater could not be drained instead is accumulated on the road.

The drain had turned out to be a big failure as it could not serve the desired purpose.

Following the ire expressed by the people, two months back the Baramulla administration decided to unclog the drain by removing filth from it.

However, the drain has been kept open and caused several accidents, resulting in injuries to many persons.

“The drain is now open. Despite the administration’s resolve to repair the drain, nothing has been done so far. The open-drain is now posing a threat to common people, especially the pedestrians,” said Muhammad Shafi, a resident of Mohalla Jadeed.

A shopkeeper on Tehsil Road Baramulla said that he was witness to many incidents in which several persons including girls and women fell in the drain, causing injuries to them.

“Recently two girls fell in the drain and were grievously injured,” said Arif Ahmad, a shopkeeper at Tehsil Road.

Urging authorities to start repair work on the drain, locals said that the drain was located on the highway and gives a bad taste to the visitors visiting Baramulla town besides causing accidents.

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