Amid snow, rains, City continues to be waterlogged

Irfan Rashid
SRINAGAR: As the Srinagar city continues to remain inundated due to continuous rain and snowfall, the residents blamed Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for failing to install dewatering pumps on main roads which are causing inconvenience to public.

There is almost one feet of water on the main roads of city centre Lal Chowk, Polo view, Bakshi Stadium Road, Jahangir Chowk, Magarmal Bagh and Saria Bala. The problem is frequent in these areas with slight showers with people blaming authorities. “This is the condition of city centre where an inch of snow or rains choke the whole infrastructure. The administration is not taking any permanent steps, it seems till now all the drainage projects have failed or they are being deliberately kept faulty and ailing,” said Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Magarmal Bagh.
The situation is no better in the areas which saw the worst of floods fury in September 2014 like Jawahar Nagar and Wazir Bagh. The residents said the rains cause overflow in rains due to which stepping out of homes becomes difficult for people. “We are yet to recover from the devastation of floods, but now the problem of water logging has become a big issue, despite authorities know our situation, they are not taking any steps to repair the drains. The day is not far when this water will enter our homes,” said Hafeeza Bano,  a local of Jawahar Nagar.

With people blaming defunct drains for frequent water logging, the situation is worst in low-lying areas of Srinagar like Mahjoor Nagar, Natipora and Nowgam where residents are up in arms against authorities for failing to solve the problem of water logging.

An official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation said they have already started dewatering these areas.


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