Demands Dewatering Pumps for waterlogged areas
A group of residents from Kawdara Sheikh ul Alam Colony area of Central Kashmir’s Srinagar city on Friday organised a strong protest at Press Enclave Srinagar alleging that the drainage system in the area is defunct from the last 30-35 years.
However the anguished protestors were headed by Manzoor Ahmed Kar, Kar said that even a rain shower for few minutes leads to water logging in the area and same water enters the premises of the houses making unable for them to move outside their houses
Pertinently, the existing drainage system of Srinagar city has not been de-silted for years. Even after the devastating floods of 2014, the already bad drainage system went worse due to further accumulation of silt brought by floods waters in 2014.
However, the authorities have not done much to fix the problem once for all by taking appropriate measures.
In various city markets, shops have been affected as water and sewage pools in front of these shops.
“Authorities must wake up from the deep slumber, they must repair or reconstruct the drainage system,” said Abdul Majid, a shopkeeper at Hari Singh High Street.
On Thursday, Photographs of dilapidated road with water logging of areas including Syed Abad Soiteng, Lasjan, Padshahibagh also went viral on social media.
Netizens also uploaded photographs and videos of water logging occurred in different areas and raised questions over the concerned authorities’ inaction.
Meanwhile, problem is compounded by defunct drainage system. Umar Ahmad, salesman said that existing drain is full of silt, choking the flow of water.
Residents of Kawadara, Sheikh-ul-Alam colony of Srinagar said as the drains aren’t de-silted and cleaned for years, it has solidified over the years and blocked the drains and they demanded the intervention of LG Manoj Sinha to solve the issue.