SRINAGAR: Residents of Padshahi bagh area of Srinagar and its adjoining localities are up in arms against Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for failing to construct drainage facility in the locality.
Despite being close to city Srinagar, SMC has not constructed the drainage in the locality. Residents of Padshahi bagh, Bhat Mohalla, Chralipora Naikpora, and Bunpora Nowgam told Kashmir Reader that they continued to suffer due to the absence of drainage system and sanitation in their localities.
“We are facing immense inconvenience. We are forced to throw away garbage and domestic waste in the open. This is a health risk,” said Manzoor Ahmad, a resident of Bhat Mohalla.
The piles of garbage have increased dog population that feeds on the domestic waste. “The scary residents avoid attending mosques on evenings and mornings,” he said.
The residents say that they live just three kilometers from the city Center but the civic facilities are worse than those in the remote areas.
“The drainage facility has been ignored over the years. Due to non-existent drainage system the area often results in water logging even with a slight downpour,” he said.
“The tall claims of government about upgrading infrastructure in colonies have proven false. Even the houses developed cracks in vicinity due to non-availability of drainage system over the years,” Mushtaq Sheikh a resident of Nowgam said.
Locals alleged that despite repeated public outcry the administration has failed to address the problem.
Superintending Engineer (Drainage) at SMC, Virender Raina said the area has been put on priority list. “We have to set up three water dewatering stations to overcome the problem of drainage. We are creating one at Padshahi Bagh to sort out the issue of dewatering. We are consulting Detailed Project Report (DPR) for it,” he said.