SRINAGAR The residents of Hyderia Colony, sector 10, Khomeini Chowk, Bemina have expressed resentment against the lack of drainage system in the area.
A delegation from the area while speaking to Kashmir Observer said in absence of drainage system they face inconvenience. Slight rains cause water-logging in the area due to which we face problems to even venture out. We will be forced to stage protests if the authorities fail to construct a drainage system in the area, they said.
They said due to the lack of a proper drainage system in the area, a few centimetres of rain chokes the lanes causing immense hardships to them.
There is no proper drainage system in the area and every time after the rainfall, the areas are submerged in water. We often raised this issue with the administration but nothing concrete has been done so far to redress the problems faced by people, said Murtaza Ali, a resident of colony adding that the students, too face a lot of problems during school hours
The locals said, despite reminders to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) it has failed to address the issue. They made a fervent appeal to Mayor and Deputy Mayor of City to visit the area and address the issues on priority.
We have high hopes on Junaid Mattu and Sheikh Imran Sahib that they will personally take up the issue and try to resolve it as soon as possible, said another local.
When KO raised the issue with Mayor Junaid Mattu he said, “We are reviewing areas that havent been brought under the drainage network till now and this area is a focus area on account of being relatively low lying. We are in the process of starting a major drainage restoration and extension program and there will be visible results in this year itself.”
Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran said, “We have a drainage deficit of 733 kms which is 1100 crores. And till now 1 crore had been asked for drainage from budget funds and 20 crores use to be given out of grant in aid but nothing for cleaning. This time we have asked for 500 and we have been given and three years of time all the drainage deficit will be done.”
“I will further ask the concerned corporator to visit the area along with the concerned AEE &JE for making an estimate to have immediate redressal of the issue,” Imran added.
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