Srinagar: On the second day of incessant rains, the low-lying areas in Srinagar city situated closer to the water channels continued to face the problem of water-logging. The locals complained that the inundation was mainly due to the lack of proper drainage system in the city.
“Whenever it rains or snows, the lanes get inundated. One can’t even think of stepping out of home,” said Insha Fayaz resident of Malik Sahib Safa Kadal. Resident of the old city complain that the issue is persistent but the authorities do bother to address it effectively.
“We feel caged whenever the lanes get inundated. We abandon work and vegetate at home. It is second day we are caged. It is horrible to think what would happen if an emergency occurs,” Insha said.
Water-logging of roads was also witnessed at exhibition crossing, Hari Singh High Street, Ram Bagh, Hyderpora, Padshahi Bagh, Kursoo Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Natipora, Lal Bazaar, Achanambal, Pandrethan, Iqbal colony, Sonawari, Lasjan, Naveedabad, Batamaloo Bypass, Babademb, Samandarbagh also complained of water logging. Shaher-e-Khas areas including Aram Mohalla in Khanyar, Aali Masjid, Braripora in Nawakadal, Safakadal and Soura were also waterlogged.
On listening to the news that water level has gone up, Saqib Majeed, a resident of Sonwar hurriedly took his family to the safe place. It was like a situation of floods 2014 for him. He said, “About three feet of water enters our houses and shops which does not allow us to go out. Our area is under cantonment jurisdiction but they don’t take the problems seriously,” Majeed said.
Farooq Wani, a Batamaloo resident said that in spite of prediction for rain, authorities were unprepared to handle water logging. “Know that the flood situation may occur, the authorities did not take any serious step for de-watering in low-lying areas. Every time a few inches of snow accumulate, we have puddles of water surrounding us,” Wani said.
Commissioner of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Dr Shafkat Khan said that 80 dewatering stations were working round the clock besides 50 mobile pumps.
He said that a dewatering station is shortly being installed at Hari Singh High Street against a cost of Rs 1 core. “The station would largely address the water-logging issue in the city center,” he said.