Open city manholes turning death traps

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SRINAGAR: Despite claims of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) of investing crores of rupees in Rakh-Aarth Bemina to rehabilitate Dal dwellers, scores of people Saturday staged a massive protest against LAWDA who alleged that a 2 year old kid who slipped to death in a mane-hole on Friday died due to negligence of Executive Engineer of LAWDA.

Pertinently, two year old kid Amar Ali son of Reyaz Ahmed died when he slipped into an open manhole in Bemina area of Srinagar city. The protestors including women told CNS that open mane-holes at Rakh Arth are turning out to be death traps and since December last year, two kids have lost their lives. “Last year my three year old son Shahid Abbas slipped to death in an open manhole,” Mushtaq Ahmed said.

“We have to adopt zig-zag pattern to avoid potholes and the broken paths to reach our homes and shops. At some places some potholes, measuring about 2 feet in diameter, can be found, which makes it near impossible for the vehicles to pass and two-wheeler riders are sacred to use them to reach their destination,” they said and alleged that those who were rehabilitated in the colony are facing tremendous hardships.

The protestors according to CNS said that the open manholes are the biggest threat for the little children and these required to be covered immediately. The protestors appealed government to look into the matter and save the lives of little kids of the area. (CNS)


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