Contractors not forthcoming: City drainage to remain in shambles for more time


SRINAGAR: The drainage system in capital Srinagar is unlikely to be set right despite a sizeable investment in hands. Even as a whopping amount of Rs 50 crore was allotted to Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), the agency has been unable to rope in contractors to take up the work for more than a year.
The SMC floated tenders for the project as many as nine times but it did not evoke any response from the contractors. Worse, the tender for upgrading dewatering station at Nund Reshi colony was floated five times.
“For the dewatering stations, it requires the work and expertise of high quality for a firm to qualify for the project. Unfortunately, no company could qualify during the last year,” said Superintending Engineer, SMC Drainage, Virender Raina.
Under the new funding plain, Shalteng, Lal chowk, Indira Nagar, Nund Reshi colony and Gangroh areas have been approved for the drainage.
The city’s existing drainage system is decades old, making the urban localities prone to water logging during rainy seasons.
“We have already started work at Lal Chowk, Gangbugh, Shalteng and Malbagh. We are also upgrading four dewatering stations at Sonwar, Gungbugh, Shalteng and Nund Reshi Colony in Bemina,” he said.
He said under the centrally sponsored Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme coupled with World Bank’s financial support, the government is gearing up to set the faulty drainage system right in the populous city.


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