Failed drainage system inundates Baramulla Town

Baramulla: The incessant rainfall from past few days has resulted into the complete collapse of the drainage system in main Town of this north Kashmir district, inundating several areas and key roads, while authorities pass the buck on who is responsible for the maintenance of drainage network.
The downpour has submerged many roads near near Tehsil Chowk, Park road, DC office road, Bus stand and made communing difficult with authorities still clueless how to tackle the situation.
Even two main higher secondary schools in the town were waterlogged causing huge inconvenience to students.
One of the main drainage networks put in place by Border Roads Organization authorities under project Beacon has also failed to ease the situation.
The locals said that Crores of rupees were spent on this drainage network but due to negligence of Beacon and Municipal authorities it has been blocked at many places.
While the local Municipality said that Beacon is responsible for the maintenance of the drains constructed by them, the Beacon officials said that it was the job of the municipality to look after the drainage in the town.
“Our department made 200 meter long drain near Sumo stand and now its repairs and upkeep is the job of the local Municipal authorities,” Kousik Mitra, an official of Beacon, told Kashmir Reader.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone said that the administration was trying its best to tackle the water logging of the streets.
Srinagar-Muzafarabad road too remained blocked for several hours due to water logging near NS Bridge and Lagama areas of Uri, putting the Karwani Aman (peace bus) and other traffic on hold for hours.
The traffic on the highway was resumed after Becon authorities cleared the road.