Pedestrians, commuters face hardships, blame faulty drainage; No machinery available anywhere across globe that prevent submerging of roads during heavy rains, infra augmentation helps in dewatering streets within minutes: Dy Mayor SMC
Srinagar, Jul 23: An hour-long incessant rainfall in Srinagar submerged the major roads, lanes and bi-lanes of the City here, causing immense hardships to the pedestrians as well as the commuters on Saturday.
The roads, especially in commercial Hub Lal Chowk and other places of Srinagar got submerged today morning when the incessant rainfall lashed Kashmir parts, bringing respite from scorching heat.
Talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the locals said that the few minutes of rainfall has punctured the claims of the government about the augmenting infrastructure related to the drainage system in Srinagar.
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“The people faced tremendous hardships in the morning hours when almost all the roads, lanes and bi-lanes got submerged. The pedestrians had to walk through the muddy water, which is tantamount to risking their lives and also can affect the health condition of people as well,” Junaid Ahmad, a pedestrian at Kashmir Haat near Town Square, told KNO.
They blamed the concerned authorities for such a mess, saying that the situation could have been prevented in case the better drainage system would have been in place.
However, the concerned Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) said that there is no machinery available across the globe that can prevent the inundation of roads during heavy rainfall similar to today morning.
Deputy Mayor, SMC, Parvez Ahmad Qadri said that it is for the first time in the recent past that the roads got submerged as the intensity of rain was too high and no machinery can prevent the roads from getting submerged during heavy rainfall. “The States having the best drainage system also witness submerging of roads whenever it rains incessantly like today in Kashmir,” he said.
Qadri further said that the infrastructure has been augmented in Srinagar. “Earlier it was taking six hours or even days to dewater the roads after rainfall, but the dewatering stations have been upgraded and the capacity of the dewatering stations has been increased and because of this the roads were cleared within minutes today,” he said.
However, he added that at some places the improper alignment of roads has been affecting the dewatering process, but the suckers have been pressed into the service to clear the roads.
Deputy Mayor further said that the new drainage plan is under consideration, which has not been implemented yet, saying that the new projects would connect multiple drainages and would reduce the time of dewatering the roads in the future.
Unidentified girl jumps into Jhelum in Sopore
An unidentified girl allegedly jumps into river Jhelum in Sopore area of district Baramulla on Wednesday afternoon.
Reports said that an unidentified girl jumped into river Jhelum from a bridge near Jamia Masjid Sopore this afternoon.
They said that the rescue operation has been launched to retrieve the body of the girl.
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Srinagar among several places record coldest night of season
The minimum temperature has plummeted further in Kashmir while Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 2.0 degree Celsius.
Several places across Kashmir including Srinagar, Qazigund, Ganderbal, Pahalgam, Kupwara, Shopian, Bandipora and Baramulla recorded coldest night of season.
In Qazigund, the mercury settled at minus 2.0 degree Celsius while in Gulmarg, a minimum temperature of minus 2.2 degree Celsius was recorded.
Pahalgam, a famous tourist place, recorded a low of minus 5.1 degree Celsius while Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.7 degree Celsius.
ADGP law & order chairs joint security review meeting at PCR Kashmir
In order to strengthen and synergise the security grid of District Srinagar, ADGP Law and order Vijay Kumar chaired a joint meeting of Police and CRPF in Police Control Room Srinagar.
A police spokesman in a statement issued to Asian News Hub said, IG CRPF Ajay Kumar Yadav, IGP Kashmir V.K Birdi, DDIB, DIG CKR, DIG CRPF North & DIG CRPF South, SSP Srinagar, SSP PCR Kashmir, all the Nodal COs of CRPF, SP Cargo Srinagar, all Zonal SPs and SDPOs of Srinagar participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, a detailed security plan of Srinagar district was discussed in threadbare where in CRPF and Police were acquainted with their new roles besides suggestions were also taken from the field officers to have a fair idea of the shortcomings, avoid confusion at the cutting edge in order to make it a perfect and comprehensive CT grid.
Besides, ADGP L&O, IG CRPF and IGP Kashmir also contributed their valid suggestions. ADGP stressed upon all the officers that idea of a perfect security grid is only possible if the things discussed are implemented on ground in letter and spirit.
ADGP has focused upon strengthening function of joint police control room and better communication mechanism between field officers of CRPF and JKP in city. Area domination of water bodies was discussed and included in area domination plan in today’s meeting.
He has also instructed SSP Srinagar to conduct joint mock drill to handle post terror incident situations in city. ADGP Kashmir reinforced the commitment to dealing strictly with individuals disrupting the peace and emphasized the need for stringent actions under the law.
ADGP Kumar emphasized the necessity to strengthen the CI grid and enhance the basic functioning of police stations through effective supervision. The ADGP’s guidance and directives aim to fortify security measures and maintain a secure and peaceful environment in the district.
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