Efforts on to dewater inundated areas: SMC

Efforts on to dewater inundated areas: SMC

Srinagar: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC)on Tuesday said it has dewatered numerous submerged areas in the past 24 hours and has pressed into the services both mobile and stationed pumps across the city, particularly at the vulnerable points.
SMC Commissioner Dr G N Qasba on Tuesday took stock of dewatering exercise that is on round the clock in the city since Monday to drain water out of inundated areas, “an unusual situation thrown up because of unprecedented showers for several days now,” an SMC spokesperson said in a statement.
Following reports of water logging, the Commissioner visited Zainakoot, Shaltengh Bandh, Kaloona Shaltengh, Iqbal Colony Shaltengh, Gurudwara Shaltengh, Eidgah Srinagar, Usmanabad Maloora, Parimpora, Soura, Lal Bazaar and other areas to take firsthand account of the situation and issue the directives to address the people’s problems, the statement said.
“We are doing dewatering to the best of our abilities. Our men and machines are working on war-footing to ensure no civilian faces any inconvenience due to the rain water,” the statement quoted Dr Qasba as saying.
The Commissioner was accompanied by SE Drainage Jankar Naath, Executive Engineer Left River Works Shafkat Khan, Executive Engineer Mechanical Itrat Naseem and AEEs. The officials apprised the Commissioner of the ground situation and the men and machinery in place to dewater inundated areas, the statement said.
The SMC has in place 75 pumping stations and all the catchment areas have been drained off water. “There is no submergence in the areas where these pump stations are working. They function round the clock,” said the Commissioner.
However, these major pumps are subservient to the electricity supply. Besides these pumps, mobile dewatering pumps have been set up at 36 vulnerable places in the city.
The SMC Commissioner has ensured required supply of diesel for these pumps. One mobile pump has been permanently set up at Iqbal Colony Shalteng given its vulnerability.
The SMC is jointly carrying out the task of draining the rain water with the Fire and Emergency Services. “The SMC has prioritised areas and all those places where there are reports of submergence will be attended to. Major areas facing water logging have already been attended to,” said Dr Qasba.
The SMC is putting out toll free number for the city residents, which is 18001807038.
People can also register complaints on the landline number 0194-2474499. Two mobile numbers,9419406470 and 9419747240, of senior officials can be approached in case of exigencies.