Residents of Stadium Colony Baramulla today hit the roads and blocked Baramulla Handwara Highway to protest against the negligence of district administration regarding the delay in construction of drainage system for the colony.
“We regret this extreme measure which became the cause of inconvenience for the commuters but we are being forced to take this action by local administration” said a resident.
The residents are demanding proper drainage for the colony which is a long pending demand of the locality. The construction of the drainage system for the locality has been left midway creating immense hardship for residents.
The protesters said that every time there is rain or snowfall the residents of the colony had to suffer due to the accumulation water in the colony as it is the lowest middle point. The water from the adjoining areas between Baramulla Cricket Stadium to Forest Check post Azadgunj two high points flows naturally through an irrigation canal which has been left in open in the said colony without connecting it to outlet.
In summers the irrigation department operates the canal and the water from the canal also enters the colony despite the fact that none of the farmers are using the canal for irrigation purposes.
Due to the recent heavy rain and snow fall many of the residents of the locality had to vacate the homes or shift to upper floors as the water entered into their houses.
As per the residents a project report for the construction of the remaining drainage system has already been approved but the department is not taking any action on it.
“Despite many representation and reminders by local residents and Mohalla committee the administration is showing no interest in resolving our problem, we are wandering from pillar to post, visiting every concerned department but all our requests have gone to deaf ears.” They said.
We request the administration particularly the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to kindly address this issue at an earliest so that people of the locality are not forced again to take such extreme actions.
The protest created a huge traffic jam on the highway which was only cleared once the senior police officials and the officials from the district administration reached the spot and assured the protesting residents that action will be taken to address their grievance. After assertion from the officials the protesters removed the blockade and apologized to the commuters for the inconvenience caused due to road blockade .