Poor Drainage System In Srinagar

Srinagar: The capital city of Srinagar has poor drainage system due to lack of coordination between various departments.

The State government had taken over hundreds of drainage schemes in Jammu and Kashmir over the years. Most of them could not be completed due to lack of funds and lack of coordination between various departments.

Official sources told KNS that there is a lack of coordination between different departments that is the main reasons for non-improvisation of drainage system. “The R&B department first makes the construction of roads then we have to spend a lot of money in making the drainage system and then on repairing of roads. Before any road construction, the drainage system shall be in place prior to that,” an official of the Housing and Urban Development Department.

He said the government has issued strict directions to departments to make coordination in developmental works. “Departments have been told that proper drainage system should be put in place before developmental works like constructions of roads and buildings are being made in any area but despite that they are not adhering these directions,” the official said.

The official said the drainage schemes in Jammu and Kashmir have also been hit due to delay in releasing of funds.

According to official details, Jammu city has a poor drainage and sanitation system in place as a result the untreated water flows into water bodies and pollutes the environment.

“In most parts of the old city, night soil is flushed into roadside drains and natural water channels causing fly nuisance and unhygienic conditions. The salvage waters in various areas are directly disposed into River Tawi or other water bodies without any treatment. Discharging untreated raw sewage either on land or into water bodies severely pollutes the environment like water bodies’ viz. lakes and streams, ground water as well as air and results in health hazards to the community exposed to it,” the documents said.

Similarly in Srinagar city, only 37 percent areas have drainage network and the summer capital always face water logging even by slight rainfall.

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