Heavy rains leave Jammu waterlogged

JAMMU: Normal life was disrupted in Jammu on Tuesday after heavy overnight rain lashed the city leading to water logging and traffic jams.
Despite government agencies including Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) claiming that they were ready to tackle any consequences of the monsoons, the rainfall once again proved them wrong.
Within a few hours of rain, water logging was witnessed in the low-lying areas of Jewel-MAM-Canal road, Krishna Nagar and behind MAM college localities.
Pedestrians and motorists, especially those riding two-wheelers, faced tough time wading through pools of water accumulated on the city roads and roundabouts.
Around more than 100 shops and other business establishments on Jewel-MAM-Canal road were forced to close after the water logging.
“Before the monsoons, various agencies like JMC had claimed that they are prepared but just after an hour of rains has exposed their false claims,” said a resident.
He said that the use of polythene, despite a ban, was the main reason for chocking of drains in the area.
The traffic also was strictly closed down for more than two hours after the rains and diverted to other routes creating hardships for Amarnath yatris who had to reach Yatri Niwas and other destinations.
Water logging was also reported from other parts of Jammu due to continuous rains.
The situation of traffic on the Jammu-Akhnoor was no better as vehicles moved slowly between Muthi and RRL Road and motorists taking as much as three hours to reach Jammu city.
People appealed the state administration and JMC commissioner to take the necessary steps and demolish encroachments on Nallahs and de-silt the drains as early as possible.
Many shopkeepers said that the water has entered their shops resulting in loss of property.
“We sought help from the JMC and state administration for pumping out the water but no one has come to our rescue. The water level was knee deep from Canal road to Jewel road,” they said.
Earlier, the rains brought mercury down by a few notches providing relief to the people who had been facing hot weather for the past few days.