Srinagar on Friday witnessed major traffic snarls across the city because of unprecedented water logging due to heavy snowfall. The authorities failed to restored submerged roads on several key roads.
Srinagar's commercial hubs like Lal Chowk, Residency Road and Sanath Nagar were choked because of roadside snow and water clogging the streets. The rain water has completely blocked the passage to Kothi Bagh Police Station.
Locals from the parts of the old city lamented that they could not take their vehicles out because of snow and rainwater. The traffic mess was visible all day. Many people preferred to stay indoors because of water clogged roads.
"We are not able to move out of our houses. There is a knee deep water in lanes and even main streets. Even long boots are of no help. We stand stranded in our own houses," said Zahid Ahmad, a downtown resident.
"We are facing lot of problems to regulate traffic because excessive water logging has taken place all across the city. The snow accumulated on roadsides has made them narrow posing difficulties for traffic to ply normally,” said SP Traffic (City), Haseeb-ur-Rehman.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Dr G N Qasba said more than 75 dewatering pumps were working round the clock. " More than 2700 sanitary workers, 75 dewatering pumps, 20 loaders, four JCBs, two robots and several hoppers were into service to ensure public faces no inconvenience. Sixty-four caterpillar machines were also pressed into action," he said.
He said with the restoration of power supply to the Daresh Kadal dewatering station it is expected that water level in and around Magarmal Bagh and similarly in other areas would go down considerably. "Adequate quantity of diesel has been placed to drainage division for working smoothly in case of power failure," he added.
Kashmir valley witnessed heavy snowfall for two days since March 10. Srinagar received more than 100 mm equivalent of rain according to meteorological department.
Meanwhile, Met has predicted another wet spell from March 15. Under criticism, top J-K officials chaired a meeting at Srinagar yesterday. It was presided by chief secretary Iqbal Kahnday and the crisis situation was assessed for necessary action.
However, political parties accused the government of failure. "The government preparedness and response was dismal. Srinagar especially downtown and rural areas are resembling war zones which shows the plight of our infrastructure built and the administrative preparedness in dealing with natural disasters,” said Zeeshan Pandith of the Awami Ittihaad Party.