Srinagar: The Detailed Project Reports (DRP) submitted to the World Bank for an ambitious upgrade of the drainage system in Srinagar is likely to get approval this month, officials said. Tenders worth Rs 140 crore have already been floated for various works, mostly related to infrastructure, under the project.
Commissioner Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Hirdesh Kumar told Kashmir Reader that the evaluation of DPRs by World Bank (WB) officials was in the final stage and his department is expecting to float tenders for the work in January.
The J&K government is getting a total of Rs 300 crore in funds from the Government of India under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and from the World Bank for drainage network and its upgradation in Srinagar.
“Tenders of around Rs 140 crore have already been floated for different works like upgradation of 49 dewatering stations, water testing equipment, movable equipment and high-diesel dewatering pumps, for which we are waiting for submission of bid proposals. For the remaining works, we might float the tenders from January as we are hopeful that by end of this month we will get approval from the WB,” Kumar said.
The new drainage network, officials say, would streamline the existing messy drainage system that often creates problems of water logging even with brief rain-showers, as witnessed recently after the season’s first snowfall in Srinagar.
Moreover, a high-tech structure – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), a system that utilises networked servers and personal computers, cellular telecommunications and specialised software to monitor the operation of mechanical drainage facilities, would be installed at Gogo in Humhama area of Budgam district to monitor the city-wide drainage system in real time.
This system monitors a number of actions at a central point, which include pump stations, level sensors, odour filters, automatic flow control gates and regulator, corrosion protection devices, a pollutant recovery facility, and fountains.
In a report prepared by the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) for the Asian Development Bank in 2012, Srinagar has been divided into three drainage zones with 50 drainage schemes having about 119 km of primary and secondary storm water drains. Besides, there are substantial lengths of tertiary and deep drains in the city.
Areas like Pampore to Gaw kadal, Dalgate to Nehru Park, Civil Lines areas, Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar to Alochi Bagh, and areas across the flood spill channel including Ram Bagh, Natipora, Barzulla, etc, fall in Zone One.
Areas from Amira Kadal to Parimpora /Shallateng, New and Old Secretariat Batamalloo, Bemina, Nawa Kadal, Nawab Bazaar and Safa Kadal fall in Zone Two.
In Zone Three are areas from Dalgate to Noorbagh on one side and from Dalgate to Naseem Bagh on the other, along with areas around Idgah, Nowshera, Ali Jan Road, Soura and Buchpora.
In most of these areas, water-logging is frequent due to lack of a streamlined drainage system.