Silt filled drains pose problems in city localities

Silt filled drains pose problems in city localities
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SRINAGAR: Despite directions from the Divisional Commissioner in August, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is yet to complete de-silting of drains in several areas of the city.
The SMC was also directed to prepare calendar for de-silting of the drains in sequence of priority and start work within one week.
However, residents in several areas like Kawadara, Habba Kadal, Baba Demb, Khanyar, Eidgah are lamenting the apathy of officials, as silt in the drains has levelled up to roads, with no work on de-silting in sight.
After a little rains, the roads get submerged with water because of choked drains, resident said.
“Even small rains scare us as these create flood like situations. Overflowing water enter our lawns, as the silted drains are not able to carry water,” Ghulam Hassan, a local resident said.
In several areas, people said the drains are blocked by silt and garbage, and the department has not cleared the drains for months.
“The drains have actual depth of five feet, but are filled with more than four feet of silt,” Kamran Ahmad, a resident of Kawadara said. “Several drains are without proper pumping system and many are blocked by silt and solid waste”.
Mir Javid, a resident of Habba Kadal, said that while authorities clear the roadside garbage they leave the drains untouched.
The foul smell coming from over silted drains agitate the residents.
SMC Commissioner, Peerzada Haffizullah Shah told Kashmir Reader that de-silting work was in process in the city and that drains have been de-silted in Lal Chowk, Dalgate, Barbarshah and adjoining areas “but 100 percent de-silting is yet to achieve”.
Shah said that Srinagar city has a poor drainage system put in place a decade ago.
He appealed the public not to throw garbage and solid waste in the drains, and use the dustbins provided by the department instead.
“Our efforts are cent percent to clear the drainage system and serve the public by our best,” Shah said, while assuring that proper de-silting will be done in all the city areas.