SRINAGAR: Continuous rain and snow on Saturday brought down the mercury level and caused heavy water-logging in Srinagar city, thereby exposing the faults in the summer capital’s fragile drainage facility.
Normal life was affected due to heavy snowfall which lashed Srinagar city the whole day with water-logging causing major inconvenience to commuters.
Different areas of Srinagar, including city centre Lal Chowk, were submerged.
Due to water-logging in Exhibition Crossing, Hari Singh High Street, Ram Bagh, Hyderpora, Padshahi Bagh, Kursoo Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Natipora, Lal Bazaar, Iqbal Colony Sonwar , Lasjan , Naveedabad Batamaloo Bypass, Baba Demb, Samandar Bagh, Shaltang, residents complained of problems.
Shaher-e-Khas areas including Aram Mohalla in Khanyar, Aali Masjid, Braripora in Nawakadal and Soura were also waterlogged, as were many other areas, once again exposing the tall claims of the authorities about the drainage system in the summer capital.
People in different parts of the city were seen up in arms against the Srinagar Municipal Corportion (SMC) for failing to reach out to the water-logged areas, especially in the Old City.
The water logged roads caused traffic jams at many places.
Eidgah residents questioned the authorities, stating that the SMC gets into action only after people suffer.
“SMC gets into action when everything is submerged and people suffer immensely. They should take a serious note of it as we have been suffering for so long,” said Irfan Ahmad.
On the other side, residents of Natipora in uptown said the problem of water-logging seems unending.
“Nearly about one foot of water enters inside our houses and shops, which does not allow us to come out of our houses. Old persons as well as children are unable to leave for their work and tuitions. Why didn’t the authorities take our problem seriously?”
The entire Lal Chowk area was water-logged after the rains, and shopkeepers expressed disappointment over the callousness of the authorities towards the issue.
SMC Commissioner Peerzadah Hafeezullah told Kashmir Reader that men and machinery were already on the job to dewater the waterlogged areas. “We are doing our best to reach out to the areas that are waterlogged. Earlier, the dewatering process was carried out in Regal Chowk, Residency Road, Jawahar Nagar, Barzulla, Batamaloo, Bemina and many other adjoining areas.
“We have a permanent dewatering station working round the clock, but lack of electricity has created problems. We have 80 water-logging pumps working, but due to electricity, they are not working 24 hours. We also have 32 mobile water logging pumps.” These pumps are working round the clock as they don’t need electricity.
Moreover, Hafeezullah said people should inform SMC through the notified helpline numbers in case of water-logging in their areas.
“We also instructed our ward officers so that they can take care for their respective wards.”
Control room established in Anantnag
In view of the consistent rains and snowfall, Annatnag district administration has set up control rooms for the general public. An official statement said people can contact on phone numbers of control room in case of any eventuality, and regarding supply of power and water. The phone numbers of the control room are 9419021597, 7006188674, 9419047052, 9419367252.