Rains expose poor drainage system in Srinagar

Rains expose poor drainage system in Srinagar
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Kaiser Majeed

Srinagar: Incessant rains over the last three days have exposed the poor drainage system in Srinagar city once again.
The roads and by lanes in many parts of the city including city centre, Hari Singh High Street, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, MehjoorNagar , Hyderpora, Gogji Bagh, Chanpora were water logged causing immense inconvenience to the commuters and pedestrians.
People from Bemina, Batmaloo, Parimpira and Qamarwari also complained of inundated roads.
Residents alleged that authorities don’t take their grievances seriously as they continue to face hardships after it rains or snows.
“Due to the poor drainage system, the water level increases and submerges parts of the road,” a shopkeeper at Batmaloo said.
Mohammad Ayub, an elderly man from old city told Kashmir Reader that the authorities seem to have learned nothing from past experiences.
“It feels like floods every time it rains in Srinagar. At least, 2014 floods should serve as a lesson and authorities should properly check the drainage system and address the issues related to water-logging,” he said.
A resident of Parimpora told Kashmir Reader that government seems to have stopped reading newspapers as it takes no action despite Parimpora bus stand making headlines since it became operational.
Apart from basic facilities, he said, people have been complaining of absence of proper drainage and dewatering system in the bus stand.
“A brief drizzle turns bus stand into a pool,” he said. “We have registered complaints at CM’s grievance cell regarding it but our grievance haven’t been addressed yet.”
Srinagar Muncipal Corporation (SMC) said that it has pressed men and machinery into service to dewater roads and by-lanes.
“Besides sucker machines and mobile pumps, the entire sanitation staff was pressed into service,” the SMC said in a statement issued here.
“All the dewatering stations including mobile pumps have been kept operational.”
SMC also issued a helpline number 2474499 and asked people to report any case of submergence from their concerned areas.