Water logging cripples city’s nerve centre

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: Rains during the past 24 hours inundated several busy streets and roads of Srinagar besides low-lying areas and houses, underscoring the government’s ill-preparedness even after the worst-ever flood caught it unawares six month ago.
Rainwater inundated Srinagar’s nerve centre Lal Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Naz Chowk, Magarmal Bagh, Exhibition Crossing and some other places. Shopkeepers were seen dewatering their shops with the help of buckets.
Kashmir Reader has learnt the government was told that dewatering suffered power department failed to restore electricity to dewatering stations.
Chief Engineer Urban Environmental Engineering Department Muhammad Haneef Lone said the capacity of several dewatering pump stations was severely curtailed because they had to be operated on generator sets after power failure last night.
“We took up the matter with power department and now electricity to those stations was restored. We have made all the stations operational,” Lone told Kashmir Reader.
Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Tufail Mattoo said they have deployed water pumps at various locations and Fire department’s assistance to dewater these areas.
Chief engineer power department Bashir Khan, however, said electricity was snapped only for an hour and providing power supply to the dewatering stations is “his department’s priority”.
“How can we provide electricity for 24 hours? Despite inclement weather, our men restored the power supply. Let SMC operate generators because they have the facility,” Khan said.