Choked drains waterlog city roads


Water-logging at Regal Chowk area in city’s commercial hub Lal Chowk gave tough time to commuters on Tuesday 
With authorities failing to undertake cleaning of drains, various localities in the summer capital witnessed water-logging on Tuesday.
Choked drains, according to aggrieved residents of various localities, led to water- logging. This resulted in hardships to commuters and locals and hampered vehicular movement.
Residents of Jawahar Nagar, Mehjoor Nagar, Bemina and its adjoining areas also complained of water-logging.
Some interior and main roads at few places of Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas including Residency Road witnessed water-logging after rains.
Srinagar municipal corporation (SMC) said it pressed men and machinery into service to undertake dewatering. “All the 70 dewatering stations were functional,” said SMC commissioner Riyaz Ahmad Wani.
“The men and machinery proactively dewatered roads and interior areas. There were no major water-logging reported from anywhere. It was brief and minor water-logging which was cleared immediately,” he added.
He informed that in view of continues inclement weather predictions, strategy has been chalked out for dewatering, if any occurs.
He added that all ward officers have been directed to remain alert and ensure dewatering in case of further rains.
SMC media incharge, Masrat Yusuf, said besides sucker machines and mobile pumps, the entire concerned sanitation staff was pressed into service.  She added that dewatering was carried out in inundated areas which included Hari Singh High Street, Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, Bemina, Qamarwari, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Mehjoor Nagar, Hyderpora, Gogji Bagh and Chanapora.

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