Srinagar: The spell of heavy rains has left many areas inundated in Srinagar, giving a tough time to commuters at most places. There were many cases of water logging in many areas of Srinagar falling under the Srinagar Municipal Corporation.
Many low-lying areas in Srinagar including Rajbagh, parts of Bemina, Batamaloo, Pantha Chowk and the commercial hub of Lal Chowk were badly affected, causing traffic jams at many places. “Every time there is rain, we face a flood like situation in our areas. We have to walk through knee-deep waters to reach the main road,” said Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Mominabad, Batamaloo. “This is a routine here. The faulty drainage system leads to the drains being choked,” said a pedestrian at Lal Chowk.
Residents in parts of south city and downtown areas also faced woes due to water logging. Meanwhile, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for the second consecutive day on Friday after massive landslides triggered by heavy rainfall. “No fresh movement of traffic is allowed even today (Friday) from either side of the highway,” said an official of Traffic Control, Ramban.
“At around 1:30 pm today, we cleared some passenger vehicles to Srinagar from Ramban. But due to the heavy rainfall, traffic was stopped again. Nearly 400 vehicles are stuck on the highway,” the official said, adding that the continuous rainfall was hampering road clearance operations. He further added that additional vehicles would only be allowed on Saturday if the weather improves and once the debris from landslides is removed.
Due to closing of the national highway for the last two days, airline companies have raised airfare prices, with the cheapest available ticket from Srinagar to Jammu and Delhi at Rs 8,000 on 19TH of March. Airfares available on various websites range from Rs 8,000-44,361, adding to the difficulties of passengers.
The Meteorological department has, however, predicted an improvement in the weather from the 19th of March. “There will a significant improvement in the weather from Saturday. Also, the maximum and minimum temperature will also rise by a few degrees,” Director MeT Sonam Lotus told Kashmir Reader. “Some thundershowers with hail by late afternoon are, however, possible in plains of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.