Junaid Nabi Bazaz
SRINAGAR: The quick dewatering of Residency road from Radio Kashmir to Hari Singh High Street on Monday during the visit of Chief Minister has prompted people to question as to why the same can’t happen every time it rains.
Many commuters were surprised as the road-from radio station to HSH Street- which usually used to be waterlogged during rainfall had been dewatered within hours of rainfall on Monday morning.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed visited many areas of the summer capital, including old city.
“Whenever there is a rainfall, Lal Chowk always remains inundated. The pace with which water was drained out this time was exceptional. Water pumps were working since morning,” said Ghulam Rasool Buhroo, a hawker.
“Why cannot they work like this all the time when there is rainfall? It shows politician are more important to them than people,” questioned Rasool.
However other low lying areas of the city like Bemina, Qamarwari continued to remain water logged. Portions of the Boulevard Road, which witness heavy tourist rush, were still submerged under rain water.
SMC Commissioner, Tufail Matoo ruled out that the quick dewatering in the city center was because to the CM’s visit.
He said that the department cannot dewater the entire city in short time due to insufficient number of water pumps.
For Srinagar, whose most of the areas are low lying , SMC uses 76 water pump stations, 50 moveable water pumps and nine sucker machines to dewatering it which as per the Commissioner were not adequate.