SRINAGAR: Despite Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s having alerted the state administration days before the weatherman predicted rain and snowfall in the Kashmir Valley this week, there was no respite for citizens as the Valley’s perennial problems of water logging, power cuts and traffic jams continued.
The problems started on Monday morning when the rainfall began. First the streets swiftly became and continued to remain water logged, leading to frequent traffic jams across all the Valley’s major entry points. Frequent power cuts throughout the day threw life further out of gear.
At city centre Lal Chowk, Magarmal Bagh, Jehaingir Chowk, TRC, Residency Road, Gantaghar, Samandar Bagh, Sonawar and Shivpora, the streets were inundated with rain water. Areas at Eid Gah and the interiors of the Old City also remained inundated. In south, central and north Kashmir, the situation was the same.
A local of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Tauhaeed Dar, told Kashmir Reader that Dagerpora, Mini Kadal, and Dak Bungalow continued to remain water logged. However its intensity was little less compared to previous times.
“This is an indication that the authorities have not worked out the drainage problems existing in these areas for many years now. The intensity was low as it did not affect public movement much. The reason is not that rain water was drained out through drains, but because the rainfall came after a long dry spell,” he added.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the streets of Sopore, Pattan and Main Town Baramulla turned, as usual, into swimming pools as soon as the rain began to fall. A local said that the problem the area faces is due to its clogged drains that fail to drain the water, as most of them are blocked, leaving all the water from the hilly areas to run through roads, paths and through markets. The road from Khawajabagh to Khanpora is full of water too.
In Sopore areas, New Colony, Naseem Bagh, Sher Colony and Model Town also remained under rain water, troubling public movement.
Amid the heavy rains, the Valley also witnessed more power cuts than usual. As per the schedule of the Power Development Department (PDD), six hours of power cuts have been scheduled in unmetred areas and three in metred ones. However, power cuts on Tuesday were felt to be more than this across the Valley.
Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Riyaz Ahmad Wani told Kashmir Reader that water had accumulated due to brief snowfall the night before. However machinery was put in place to remove it.
“This time, the water had accumulated due to the hedges and wedges in the road. Throughout the day, water suckers were put in place and they removed the water,” he said. “The machinery is set into motion and will remove the rest of the accumulated water.”