SMC blames power breakdown for failing to clear Srinagar city of water logging

SMC blames power breakdown for failing to clear Srinagar city of water logging
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Srinagar: Government has failed to de-water the inundated Srinagar after day-long rains and snowfall on Saturday causing huge inconvenience to commuters.

Witnesses said that several areas including Bemina, HMT, Sheltang, Batamaloo, Qamarwari, MustafaAbad, Panthachowk, Channapora, Sonawar and internal areas of the old city including Khanyar, Baba Demp, Fateh Kadal, Bohre Kadal, Nawa Kadal, Rojouri Kadal and other internal areas are yet deluged.

According to reports, several roads, by-lanes of the city have been under water, causing massive traffic jams.

Thin public transport could be seen plying on roads due to the water logged on the roads after the rains and snow lashed the City. “It was hard for the pedestrians to walk on the roads and by-lanes in several areas,” witnesses said.

They said that the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has failed to de-water the lanes, by-lanes and drainages.

SMC Commissioner, Peerzada Haffizulla told Kashmir Reader that they have been doing their best to clear the water from the major city areas but are facing electricity problems to run the pumps. He said that they have 25 mobile de-watering pumps running continuously, and 80 stationed de-watering pumps in several parts of the city.

“25 moveable and 80 stationed de-watering pumps are working this time to curb the situation, however, problem is being faced in the hugely water lodged areas including Bemina, HMT, Sheltang, by-lanes of the said areas and low lying several areas,” Haffizulla said.

He said that people need to have patience and till Sunday evening maximum areas will be de-watered. He said that by Monday all the areas will be cleared of water logging as the SMC is facing acute electricity problem to run several pumps.

“We have appealed the PDD department to provide the sufficient power supply without frequent cuts as soon as possible, so that we could curb the situation,” he added.