Baramulla: Broken and blocked drainage in Baramulla has led to heavy water logging at many places in the town leaving main roads and footpaths submerged.
Residents, traders and transporter said that the tall promises made by the Baramulla Municipal Council, BRO and others of ensuring immediate draining of rain water have fallen flat.
The town witnessed heavy rainfall from past two days due to which water level in several drains increased, however, due to blockage the water submerged many roads and paths giving tough time to pedestrians and commuters.
A main drain at Tehsil Chowk in front of Government Higher Secondary School Baramulla is overflowing from past two days and the dirty water is running on the road. The commuters, including the students of the school and Women’s Degree College Baramulla, are facing problems because of the overflow.
“Few years ago when BRO contacted two big drains along the highway from Nanak Bhawan to Uri bus stand, they spent lacs of rupees, however, only after few months rains damaged the drains. Since then, the rain water overflows every time, often emanating foul smell,” a senior citizen said.
General Secretary Traders Federation Baramulla Tariq Ahmad Magloo said that they approached concerned departments many times but they failed to repair the drains. He said when the drains were constructed they told concerned agencies to cover them properly “but they put only two inch concrete roof on it which got damaged only after two months”. Later some people threw waste material into the drain while at some places the broken concrete blocked the drains.
He appealed the authorities to clear and repair the blocked rains.