SRINAGAR: Several areas in Srinagar continued to be inundated on Sunday after the previous day’s rain and snow, the water-logged streets causing traffic jams and difficulties for pedestrians. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) blamed power cuts for its inability to drain out water, as the electric pumps deployed for the purpose remained idle without power supply.
Witnesses said that several areas including Bemina, HMT, Shalteng, Batamaloo, Qamarwari, Shah Colony Parimpora , Mustafabad, Pantha Chowk, Channapora, Indira Nagar and interiors of the old city including Khanyar, Baba Demb, Fateh Kadal, Bohre Kadal, Nawa Kadal, Rojouri Kadal and other areas remained deluged on Sunday.
There was little public transport plying on the water-logged roads and pedestrians found it difficult to walk on the flooded streets. SMC Commissioner Peerzada Hafizullah told Kashmir Reader that they have been doing their best to clear the water from the major city areas but problems in electricity supply are hindering the work. He said that the SMC has deployed 25 mobile de-watering pumps for continuous operation and 80 de-watering pumps have been stationed in various parts of the city.
“However, we are facing problems in the most water-logged areas, including Bemina, HMT, Shalteng, the by-lanes of these areas and other low-lying areas,” Hafizullah said.
He said that people need to have patience and by Sunday evening maximum areas would be de-watered. He said that by Monday, all the areas will be cleared of water.
Hafizullah said that the battery life of the mobile de-watering pumps was not sufficient to run for long. He said the de-watering pumps that run on diesel were functional.
“We have appealed to the PDD to provide sufficient power supply and without frequent power cuts,” he said.