SRINAGAR: Business hubs in the city, Hari Singh Street, Magarmal Bagh, Residency Road, Amira Kadal, Sarai Bala and Polo View, remained waterlogged for the third consecutive day on Sunday, underscoring how little work the governments have carried out to resolve the problem in these areas, especially after the catastrophic 2014 flood.
Rafiq Ahmad Malik, a resident of Magarmal Bagh, said, “SMC officials are aware of the fact that waterlogging is a big problem during rains in our area. But it would be futile to blame them because they have neither the resources nor manpower.”
An SMC officer, requesting anonymity, said that to rid these areas of this perennial problem needs money for an overhaul of drainage system.
“You know how it works. It takes ages for such projects to be completed,” he said.
Waterlogging caused by heavy rains during the past week has also disrupted lives of thousands of people in some areas of Hyderpora, Tengpora, Bemina, Jawahar Nagar, Natipora, Eidgah, 90-feet Road and many other localities of the city.
SMC’s superintending engineer (drainage) Virender Raina told Kashmir Reader that the corporation does face shortage of manpower to tackle the crisis but “we have adequate number of drainage pumps and other equipment”.
“Relentless rains have made dewatering difficult. Also, the carrying capacity of the drainage system is unOn Sunday, Gulmarg, Tangmarg, Babareshi, Uri, Keran, Kupwara, Machil, Tanghdar and Gurez received fresh snowfall amid rains in plains.
An avalanche warning was issued for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, advising people not to venture in these areas over the next 48 hours.
An advisory was issued by Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), which comes under the Ministry of Defence, here.
‘Medium danger’ avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone areas above 3,000 metres altitude of Kupwara, Baramula, Bandipur, Kargil and Gandarbal districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the advisory said.
Jammu-Srinagar highway closed for fourth day
The Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for traffic for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday even as operations to clear the debris from landslides were underway for the second day.
“The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which was closed on Thursday due to massive landslides triggered by heavy rains at several places along the highway, continues to remain closed for the fourth day today,” SSP Traffic (highway) Sanjay Kotwal told PTI.
He said several trucks and passengers vehicles, were stranded at different places on the 300-km long highway.
With improvement in the weather, the operation to clear debris has started, Kotwal said, adding, “a large stretch of the road between Ramban and Panthal has started caving in, creating more problems.”
“No new vehicles would be allowed to ply on the highway until the entire stretch has been cleared and becomes safe for traffic,” he said.
The Batote-Doda National Highway also continues to remain closed for vehicular traffic for the fourth day today, Kotwal said.