Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed Cantonment Board to drain out stagnant water from residential areas of Sonawar here within two days.
“Respondents are directed to take immediate measures for draining out stagnant water from the residential area of Badamibagh Cantonment Sonwar Srinagar, more particularly from Iqbal colony,” a single bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar said after hearing a petition filed by senior lawyer, advocate Zaffar Amin Qureshi.
The direction followed notice to the respondents including Union of India through Sub-Area Commander BB Cantt, Ex-officer BB Cantt, state’s Chief Secretary besides Commissioner Secretaries of H&UDD and PWD. They have been directed to file response by or before April 6.
In his petition, Qureshi has submitted that flood water collected in the army barks has been drained out and diverted towards the civil population.
“Even the dirty water coming out of the GB Pant hospital has also been diverted towards the residential area, causing lot of inconvenience to people,” he said.
He said that all the outlets for the draining out of the water has been blocked by dirt brought by the floods.
“As a result, the water has remained stagnant in the residential areas, particularly Iqbal colony sonawar. The height of the water at present is 3 to 4 feet and the old constructed houses have been rendered unfit for the residential purposes,” he said.
Referring to last year’s devastating flood, he said, entire area remained submerged up to the height of two stories and almost all the houses along with household goods were destroyed in the area. ”Cantonment authorities remained indolent to their responsibilities and duties under the law and ignored the civil residents, both before the floods and after the end it.”
He said that every step was taken to restore the normalcy in the internal areas falling within the walling of the board “but no steps were taken to reduce the pains of the civil population,” he added.
He said that all the civil amenities of the local residents are to be maintained and regulated by the board.
“The civil administration has no role to avail these facilities to the residents,” he added.
Meanwhile, residents of Dar Mohalla Sonawar have urged the authorities to take immediate measures to dewater the area.