Rawalpora colonies left out in drainage network, locals protest

Rawalpora colonies left out in drainage network, locals protest
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By Nazima Sidiq
Srinagar: A residential colony in uptown Rawalpora quarter of capital Srinagar has been left out in the new drainage system causing dismay among the residents of the oldest colony in the area. They said that even a light drizzle inundates the colony due to lack of drainage system but the officials pay no heed to the dwellers’ woes.
The residents of Parbagh colony told Kashmir Reader that they were shocked to know that the drainage system being executed by the Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) has been limited to nearby colonies and they have been left out.
“This was the first colony in the Rawalpora area. We were happy that drainage system was being laid in the area but it came as a shock when the ERA workers told us that the drainage would not cover our area,” Parvez Ahmad, a local resident said.
The residents lodged protest with the authorities and threatened to continue it till their area is included.
Local shopkeeper Ubaid Raja said that sans proper drainage system, the colony gets inundated whenever there is snowfall or drizzling.
“We have approached the concerned officials. They were initially reluctant but now they have promised to look into the matter and take a decision by tomorrow. If they fail, we will continue blocking main road,” Raja said.
Director ERA Satish Razdan said that drainage system in Rawalpora area began in 2013 but Parbagh colony and other two colonies were dropped in this project due to technical fault”.
“This project is for the drainage system alone. In Parbagh and two adjacent colonies we have to lay double tube drainage, one each for sewerage and drainage. This would cost Rs 10 crore, which is not possible at this point as the financial year is drawing to a close,” Razdan said.
“The Asian Development Bank cannot offer funding in such a short span of time,” he said.
He said the drainage system in the area would be completed by June this year against a cost of Rs 50 crore. “After finishing this phase we will send Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the leftover areas. Till then we cannot do anything,” he said.