Srinagar: Out of a two-kilometre drainage line along the Shaltang Lawaypora drainage network, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has only laid 200 metres of drain with the project deadline ending in October of this year.
This vital drainage would cater to residents in a 3.1 sq kms area, according to area residents and traders. It has however suffered due to the slow pace of work that has created many problems.
As per the document, Rs 14.77 crore was allotted for the Shaltang area’s drainage system. But, residents allege, the government began constructing the system only in March this year and has completed a mere 200 metres of it by now
Residents alleged that they faced many difficulties as all the area’s roads have been dug up for the project. “When they started this project in this area, we felt very happy as we are facing many problems without a drainage system. But now we think they won’t complete this project on time and we now have to face more water logging problems,” locals said
According to the locals, many incidents had happened to pedestrians using the roads during the rainy season. In winter, they fear, the locality’s problems will double and crossing the road, which is full of mud, will be the biggest challenge for common people.
They locals added “They (the authorities) want to ease our problem, but we think that this project is now a burden on them.”
Due to the ongoing drainage construction, traders too have had to face many problems.
Noor Mohammad, who runs a hardware shop at Shaltang, said, “Our business has been hit since the work has been started as we cannot unload our stock near our shop because all of the road has been dug up.”
Mohammad further said that apart from this, the mud and the opening of drainage holes from the construction site irks customers and residents of the locality.
Jan Farooq, another Shalteng Chowk shopkeeper, said the traders are not satisfied with the pace of the work. “We have already asked the authorities to speed up the work and complete it in the shortest possible time,” he said.
He said the government must pace up the construction work on the project. The work should be done in double shifts to ensure that the project is completed at the earliest.
SMC Commissioner Riyaz Ahmad Wani told Kashmir Reader that this is a big project and will take some time to complete.
However he added that the department would try to complete this project on time.