Few hours of rain waterlogs city areas


Few hours of rains coupled with defunct drainage system caused water-logging in several areas in the summer capital. 
Various vital roads, lanes, bylanes and several city markets remained inaccessible for commuters due to water-logging after morning showers. 
Several wedding function venues also got water-logged in Downtown.  Due to water-logging, public transport went off the roads for nearly two hours. Commuters faced a tough time due to water-logging in Lal Chowk, Residency Road, MA Road and Residency Road. 
Shopkeepers from different markets complained that water logging severely affected their daily business. The problem was compounded by defunct drainage system in various areas. The choked drains, according to locals led to water logging in various city localities.
Several areas in Downtown also remained water-logged affecting vehicular movement in Rajouri Kadal, Gojwara and Safa Kadal 
Various inhabitants of Jogilankar Rainawari complained that water entered into their residential houses as authorities failed to dewater the locality.    
Inhabitants of Khanyar in Downtown here resented the “inaction” of the authorities to dewater the submerged roads in the locality. At Baba Demb, the road was totally submerged.
Massive water-logging was witnessed at Parraypora, Rambagh, LD Hospital, TRC Junction, Regal Chowk, Jehangir Chowk and Sonwar.
Inhabitants of Bemina also complained that defunct drainage system compounded their problems. Similar complaints were received from Shalteng, Batamaloo, Maisuma, Indira Nagar, Iqbal Colony Sonwar, Aloocha Bagh, Shivpora, Baba Demb, Habba Kadal, Fateh Kadal, Rainawari and Soura.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) media incharge Masrat Yusuf said corporation in aftermath of heavy rainfall had put its men and machinery on task to dewater the water logged areas in different parts of Srinagar city.
“All the dewatering stations including mobile pumps have been kept operational. Besides sucker machines and mobile pumps, other men and machinery has been pressed into service since early morning,” she said.
She added that dewatering exercise which was personally being monitored by SMC Commissioner Riyaz Ahmed Wani was being carried out in inundated areas including Hari Singh High Street, Lal Chowk, Batamaloo,  Jehangir Chowk, Rajbagh and other areas.
“Commissioner SMC along with the entire concerned staff visited the dewatering stations and the inundated areas where SMC workers were on job to dewater the inundated areas,” he added.

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