Srinagar: Surrounded by newly developed posh localities, residents of Nadir Gund locality of Hyderpora, are lamenting the lack drainage system and macadamized roads in the area, besides other civic amenities like street lights and dustbins.
Residents complain that despite the area being close to Airport Road and surrounded by localities with all facilities, the area lacks basic amenities.
Ghulam Rasool Bhat, a local resident, said that residents of Nadir Gund locality are living in “prehistoric times”, at least when it comes to drainage and roads.
“Due to the poor drainage and improper roads we feel that we belong to some far-flung area,” Bhat said.
He said that new colonies surrounding Nadir Gund are being provided all facilities including proper drainage system, streetlights, macadamized lanes and dust bins.
“Even all drainage water from these colonies is ejected into our locality, why are we being ignored. We always sacrificed, yet we are being victimized,” he lamented. “Water logging is the major issue in the area. It creates flood like situations on the dilapidated roads,” another resident Abdul Majeed said.
He said that the problems have compelled some of the inhabitants to sell their inherited properties and move out to other localities, “since we have been ignored by successive governments”.
The residents claimed that a 1.25 Km drainage project has been sanctioned under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) drainage project but there are no signs of implementation of the scheme on ground yet.
They roads in the locality are water logged after last week’s snowfall causing immense problems to the residents.
“Irony is that the area is sandwiched between posh colonies and the drainage water from all these colonies is being drained into the agriculture land as well as nearby wetland area,” residents said.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Commissioner, Peerzada Haffizullah told Kashmir Reader that the area was not primarily under the DPR of AMRUT project and they have requested the government for its additional approval.
“The area also lacks the de-watering station and drainage since the colony is unauthorized, although the department is keen to construct the 1.25 kilometres of drainage network in the area,” he said.
Assistant Executive Engineer R&B department, Division Hyderpora, Mohd Hussain Shah told Kashmir Raeder that they are waiting for the SMC to complete the drainage network first, after which they they would macadamize the road.
“As soon as the drainage will be completed we will mend the roads, although we could have had macadamized the road but that would have been of no worth since the SMC drainage work is not complete yet,” Shah said.