Flood like Situation in Srinagar Localities Due to Defunct Drainage System

Srinagar , Mar 12: The residents of Mominabad, Batamaloo Lane No 10 and Bilal Colony Qamarwari Lane No:-9 near Masjid Usman have expressed resentment against the authorities for failing to provide proper drainage system in the area.

With incessant rains from the last couple has caused flood like conditions as several streets and roads in the summer capital were water-logged.

The problem was compounded by defunct draining system in various areas causing immense problems to commuters.

The residents of Mominabad Batamaloo and Bilal Colony Qamarwari expressed resentment against the authorities for failing to provide proper drainage system in the area.

“In absence of drainage facility, lanes and by lanes are submerged. It has become difficult for us to even venture out of our homes.  The snow has started to melt and water has seeped into foundation of our houses. Walls and foundation of various houses have developed cracks,” said Iftikhar Alam from Qamarwari in a telephonic conversation to CNS.

Failure of authorities to construct drainage system on Batamaloo and Qamarwari road is also taking a heavy toll on the locals.

“Residents Of this lane faces lots of hardships from last few months, hundreds of times we appealed Govt administration but till this date our problems are as usual, It is total failure of Govt administration” said residents of Mominabad, Batamaloo

The choked drains in city areas, according to aggrieved locals of various localities, allow water logging, resulting in immense hardships to commuters and locals. The residents of Mehjoor Nagar said water logging forced locals to stay indoors.

Locals at other areas like Rambagh said that due to choking of drains in absence of cleaning, pungent smell has engulfed the area. “We have many times requested the concerned authorities to undertake cleaning of the drains, however no action has been taken so far,” said Mehraj-ur-Rehman, one of the locals.

Residents of Jawahar Nagar, Bemina and its adjoining areas also complained of water-logging. A senior official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation said that permanent dewatering station is working “round the clock” for clearing city roads.

The residents of both the areas said that they have repeatedly demanded de-watering pumps as the water has entered their homes and damaged the plinth.

They also added that they have repeatedly appealed concerned authorities but no heed is paid to their pleas.

Meanwhile Srinagar Municipal Committee (SMC) Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu @Junaid_Mattu tweeted, “An additional 19 Dewatering Pumps deployed by SMC at the following locations to resolve localized water-logging. More pumps being deployed. Outfall channels of drains at full capacity hence slower resolution. All fixed Dewatering Stations fully operational.”

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