SMC to upgrade 49 permanent pumping stations in city

SMC to upgrade 49 permanent pumping stations in city
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Srinagar: With funding from the World Bank, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) will upgrade 49 permanent pumping stations in the city.
SMC officials said that the department is upgrading all the pumping stations. “Out of 80 permanent pumping stations in the city, 49 will be upgraded this year,” they said.
They said the gradation is in the process and almost 90% of civil work has been completed till date. “Once these stations complete they will play important role in controlling water logging in the low lying areas of the city,” the officials said.
Water logging is the main problem in the Srinagar city where the lanes and roads get inundated and majority of the areas remain waterlogged for many days.
The city’s existing drainage system is a decade old, making the urban localities prone to water logging during rainy seasons. Over the years, the state government introduced a number of drainage schemes in Kashmir but they are yet to complete.
As per the official records, SMC has 115 mobile pump stations and among them 60 pump stations have one lakh litres per hour capacity. “Around 43 pump stations were deployed during recent water logging in many areas of the city,” the officials said.
When contacted, SMC Mayor Junaid Mattu also confirmed that they are going to upgrade 49 pumping stations to avoid water logging in low lying areas of the city.
He said they would be building new drainage networks in HMT, Advent Colony Nowgam and other low lying areas of the city.
“Regal Chowk drainage issue will be solved this year and 200 meter drain will be improved in coming three months,” Mattu said.
He said that under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), they are already working on a new drainage system in many areas which include Shalteng, HMT, Mallabagh and they are about to complete.