Haphazard drainage construction takes sheen off Residency Road – Greater Kashmir

Haphazard drainage construction at Residency Road has lead to choking of existing drain in the locality causing inconvenience to shopkeepers and commuters.  

Authorities are constructing a new drainage system from General Post Office link road to Regal Chowk. The shopkeepers said the haphazard construction has resulted in choking of the existing surface drain. 

The problem has been compounded as the work on the project was stopped before Eid-ul-Adha this year and is yet to resume.

“Some material used for construction of new drain has been dumped into the surface drain. This has led to its choking. As a result the drain water overflows on the main road and causes inconvenience to commuters,” said Muhammad Ashraf, a shopkeeper.

The area houses several shops including restaurants. The pungent smell emanating from the drain water causes inconvenience to our customers,” a group of aggrieved shopkeepers. 

The pipes and construction material have been dumped on roadside causing frequent traffic jams. 

Regal Chowk Traders Association, general secretary, Farhan Kitab said that scattered construction material at Regal Chowk have adversely affected their business. 

“The development works are meant to make life of common people easier, boost business and ease the traffic in congested areas. Ironically in Srinagar the development works have opposite results,” he rued.

He added that pipes dumped by the concerned department on footpaths and roadside gives a dirty look to the busy market. “The manholes are open and the drainage construction has caused potholes. A shopkeeper recently suffered fracture after falling in a ditch,” he added.

He said that the association had taken up the matter with concerned authorities. “But our pleas fell on deaf ears,” he said. 

“The project must be completed at the earliest. Besides the choked surface drain must be cleared forthwith,” he demanded. 

Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Dr Shafqat Khan said the work on the project has been stalled. “We are awaiting permission for construction of water-pump at Old Court complex which is important for completion of the project.”

He said a special team will be sent on Saturday for clearance of existing surface drain so that water can flow smoothly.

“We will direct the contractor to remove the material which is causing hindrance in smooth regulation of traffic and inconvenience to commuters,” he said.

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