Rangpora locality says SMC has ignored it
Srinagar: Residents of Padshahi Bagh area of City and Alamdar Colony C in Rangpora area of Illahibagh, Buchpora, are up in arms against the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for failing to construct a drainage facility in the localities.
Just 14 kilometres from the city centre, Rangpora has long been neglected by the SMC.
“The drainage part, which is the basic civic facility, has been ignored for years. Due to non-availability of a drainage system, the area is often liable to get water logged, even with a slight downpour,” said Rangpora resident Moine Farooq.
Despite the locality being close to city centre, the SMC has taken least interest in Padshahi Bagh too. The drainage system is defunct in the Padshahi Bagh main market because, say locals, SMC officials don’t come to clean the drains.
“We have requested them many times to repair the drains and clean them, but they give no heed towards our pleas in summer, and in the rainy season we face inconvenience and infections,” said a group of residents in Padshahi Bagh
They said that despite approaching the authorities, their problems are nowhere near being addressed.
“We are tired now. We don’t want to stay here anymore. Our property is worth a crore, but due to the absence of a drainage system, no one is ready to buy our house,” said Jan Mohammad, another resident of the colony.
They said they never open their windows due to the foul smell coming from the lane.
“It is risking our lives. Our children easily fall sick due to the stench and the stagnant water,” residents said.
“Our pleas to have a proper drainage system constructed in the area fell on deaf ears. The authorities are not even ready to listen to our grievances. They have neglected us every time,” the residents said.
SMC Commissioner Riyaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that, detailed project report of both areas was being prepared.
“Once we finalize it, we will start working in these areas,” Riyaz said.
Earlier under the centrally-sponsored Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation, or AMRUT, scheme and with the World’s Bank’s financial support, the government intended to look for drainage systems in place in Srinagar
The city’s existing drainage system is a decade old, making the urban localities prone to water logging during rainy seasons. Over the years, the state government initiated a number of drainage schemes in Kashmir, but a lack of funds terminated most of them.
Many areas come under this scheme. Approved colonies are: Shaltang, with a cost of Rs 14.77 crore; Lal Chowk, with a cost of Rs 9.96 crore; Indra Nagar at Rs 9.83 crore; Nund Resh colony at a cost of Rs 3.65 crore and Gangroh at Rs 8.80 crore.