SRINAGAR: Incessant rains have submerged a number of residential colonies in Srinagar city, exposing the tall claims of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
The Kashmir Valley has been lashed by intermittent rainfall since Thursday night and has received 74.6 mm of rain so far. This has exposed the loopholes in the preparations of the SMC to tackle the problem of water-logging in Srinagar city.
Areas like Hari Singh High Street, Khanyar, Pantha Chowk, Residency Road, Poloview, Amira Kadal and Sarai Bala witnessed water-logging and the link roads are submerged. This also caused traffic jams in many areas.
Mohammad Ramzan Wani of Khanyar told Kashmir Reader that due to the inefficient and proper drainage system, water-logging occurs even after light rainfall. “It is obvious that the present drainage system is not capable of carrying rain water. Most drains are choked, which results in overflowing of water even when there is mild rainfall,” Ramzan said.
Residents of Hyderpora, Tengpora, Bemina, Jawahar Nagar, Natipora, Eidgah, Namath and several other areas told Kashmir Reader on the phone that these areas too remained water-logged. Resident of Iqbal Abad, Bemina, expressed anger over water-logging in the area. They said that despite this area being flood-prone, authorities haven’t set up a proper drainage system here.
The residents of Lane-4, Iqbal Colony and Hamdaniya Colony complained that the area is without a proper drainage system which causes water accumulation within a few minutes of rain. “Overnight rains turned our colony into a lake. Except our colony, all other adjacent areas have proper drainage system,” Altaf Ahmad, a resident of the colony said. Altaf added that whenever the locals approached the concerned authorities for constructing a drainage system in their area, it was turned down with fund shortage being the excuse. “In rainy season, our kids can’t attend schools as the link roads are submerged,” he said.
When contacted, Superintendent Engineer SMC (drainage) Virender Raina said that the water carrying capacity of drains is less than the rain water received. “We have an old drainage system in Srinagar city and it is not capable of carrying rain water.”
He added that the SMC, with the help of Fire and Emergency department, was doing everything possible to drain the water-logged areas.