Forget Smart City: Sixty percent of Srinagar lacks drainage
8: Forget smart city, over 737
kilometers of Srinagar is without drainage system.
Thanks to sloppy
administration, only nine of the 20 drainage projects have been completed so
far in Srinagar, which is being molded as smart city.
An official of
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) said summer capital city has only 40
percent drainage system in place. “Out
of 1283 kilometers, we have completed only 546 kilometers of drainage for the
last 10 years. Over 737 kilometers of Srinagar is without drainage system,” he
Neither SMC nor Public Works Department has in
recent years, been able to resolve the issue which time and again causes
inconvenience to people.
of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveals
that in 2019-20 around 20 project of Srinagar drainage were taken up, however
only nine have been completed so far.
work on 60 meter drain at Shahanshah colony has been completed. The project has
come at an estimated cost of around Rs nine lakh, however, only Rs 4.45 lakh
have been released,” the document says.
per cent work on storm water drain at Bhagaat Shora, Sheish Bagh, Ellahi Bagh
has been completed. The cost of the is estimated at Rs 58 lakh. However, only
19 lakh have been released so far.
Only 75 percent
work on the drain at Kitab lane Rajbagh Srinagar has been completed. Of the
total project cost of Rs 41.25 lakh,
only Rs 14.39 lakh have been released so far.
An official said
funds shortage is the main reason for incomplete projects.
system does not exist in 60 percent area of Srinagar district. The unplanned
constructions are main reasons for poor drainage system in the Valley,” he
Engineer, City Drainage, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Javaid Iqbal Choudhary
told Kashmir Monitor that 50 per cent work on approved projects of drainage has
been completed. “However work is going on to achieve 100 percent target in
Srinagar city. Work will be completed by February 2020”, he said.