SRINAGAR: Even a little downpour exposes the fragile drainage system of Srinagar city with choking drain spilling water or inundating the streets altogether.
Officials say the city has a shortfall of around 55 percent drainage network.
The city that is currently spread over 294 square kilometres has a 602 kilometres of drainage network against a requirement of 1335 kilometres to cater to the storm water.
A Srinagar Municipal Corporation official said that due to the expansion of new colonies and conversion of agricultural land into residential areas, the required drainage network in Srinagar is more than 1335 kilometres.
“Only 45.09 percent of drainage system is catering to the whole storm water of Srinagar city,” said SMC Executive Engineer, Azad Ahmad Beigh. “The drainage network needs immediate up-gradation and maintenance on regular basis.”
Residents, however, allege that the SMC was not utililising its existent resources, and the several drainage projects under its belt.
“The drainage network in Srinagar city is old and has not been upgraded regularly and it is not capable of carrying storm water,” Beigh said.
He added that poor and inadequate drainage network in city was also because of a lack of coordination between different departments.
“Every department need to coordinate with the other department while executing their work without affecting the projects completed by the earlier by another department,” he said.
Residents throw solid waste, bottles, wood, polythene, garbage and in the same drainage network, which is only meant for carrying the rain water, leading to the choking of the system, he said.
“The drainage is designed for a particular precipitation and rainfall with average calculated for a decade so, above it rainfall causes problem,” Beigh said.
“The drainage network in city needs regular maintenance to drain out the storm water else the post rains situation could be hard to curb,” he added.
SMC has some 92 drainage schemes divided into three zones; Zone – I includes the areas Batwara, Dalgate, Rajbagh, Jawahir Nagar, Lal Chowk Magarmal Bagh Allochi Bagh, Mehjoor Nagar, Nati Pora Chanpora Burzulla, Rawalpoa, Hyderpora and Humhama.
While as zone – II includes Batamaloo, Bemina, Qamawari, Parimpora, Zainakot, Karanagar, Chattabal, Nawabazar, Lawaypora anad Malroo.
Areas covering in the drainage scheme of zone – III include Khanyar, Habakadal, Fateh Kadal, Zaina kadal, Nalamar Road, Nowhatta, Hawal, Nowshera, Soura, Buchpora, Lal Bazar, Rainawari, Khayam, Munawarabad and adjoin areas.
The major AMRUT drainage project with a project cost of Rs 88 crore funded by World Bank, which the SMC is executing, should have been completed by September 2018. The department claims to have completed around nearly 90 percent of the project.
Beigh said that while most of the works are complete, the dewatering stations under the project are only 10 percent complete.
The project includes six schemes covering main areas of the city including Indra Nagar, Lal Chowk , Mallabagh, Gang Bugh, Sheltang and Drainage Scheme Nund Reshi Colony Bemina and up-gradation of dewatering stations.