Kashmir News Trust
Srinagar, Aug 1: Srinagar City Mayor Thursday admitted that dewatering city roads after every rainfall is a firefighting and temporary measure only and what they need is the package of Rs 1100 Crore to give complete respite to people of city from waterlogging.
Yet once again the Kashmir capital Srinagar Thursday morning witnessed worst kind of waterlogging caused due to the failure of the drainage system after an hour of rainfall.
“The silt in Srinagar drains was not cleared after 2014 devastating floods. It was the criminal act of the previous government that it didn’t bother to clean any drains in Srinagar for years together. The carrying capacity of drains in Srinagar has come down to over 70 to 80 percent. If any drain had a carrying capacity of 100 Units, that has now only 20 Units of capacity,” Srinagar Municipal Corporation Mayor Junaid Azim Matoo told Kashmir News Trust.
When asked how to avoid waterlogging after incessant rains in city, the Mayor said there is a dire need to make old drains functional. “If you want a permanent end to this waterlogging menace, you have to construct drainage network on scientific lines and make old drains functional as well. For this purpose, we had demanded a package of Rs 1100 Crores but were allocated only Rs 30 Crores while Rs 50 Crores is the budget of SMC for whole year. At least the government should release 400 to 500 Crores at initial stage to get over this water logging menace,” Matoo said. (KNT)