SRINAGAR: Underground drilling for laying 4G cables damaged a residential house in old Srinagar’s Kawdara locality.
According to Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Lone, the owner of the house, the mishap occurred on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, when Reliance Telecommunication Limited was carrying out drilling in the locality.
He said his family members ran for their lives as their house, and those of their neighbours, had started shaking suddenly at midnight.
“We were sleeping at around 12 am. Suddenly, we felt a tremor, and rushed outside. I saw my neighbours too running out of their homes,” Lone told Kashmir Reader.
“The tremors stopped only when the workers stopped drilling on seeing the people run out of their homes. We had not been given any notice prior to the start of drilling,” he said.
Lone was promised compensation by the contractor, but he hasn’t received it yet.
“In the morning, I noticed cracks in my house; the walls had also got damaged. I sought compensation from the contractor, but I didn’t receive anything from them, so far.
“They just sent a mason to fix the cracks, not realising that the damage is beyond repair,” he said.
The locals also complained against the discomfort caused by drilling at night.
The contractor, Javaid Ahmad, said the accident happened when a pipe broke while drilling. He, however, said the damage to the house was not as bad as claimed by the family.
“It is an old house. We have promised them compensation. We even asked the owner to get the house repaired and sent the bills to us, but he doesn’t agree to it,” he said. “We work in the night because we don’t have permission to work in the locality during daytime.”