Ahead of Eid, waterlogging brings Valley traffic to a halt

With just three days to go for Eid-ul-Adha in Kashmir, people had to face hard time as most parts of the commercial hub remained inundated due to continuous rain since early morning.

Ahead of Eid, waterlogging brings Valley traffic to a haltPeople in most parts of Srinagar who thronged city’s Lal Chowk for buying essentials for the festive occasion complained of waterlogging which caused great inconvenience.

“This is one of the biggest festive occasions for us, but the government has failed to dewater the commercial places in the city which has made travelling difficult,” said Nazir Ahmad, a city resident.More than a year has passed after the September floods, but the administration has failed to install or repair the drainage system in the summer capital which is giving rise to waterlogging even during light showers.

“After floods, all drains in Lal Chowk and the adjoining areas were choked and the government promised of repairing them but more than 12 months have passed and nothing is visible on the ground. This is going to be another tough winter for Kashmir as the government has not made any arrangements to meet the bad weather conditions,” said Shams Ahmad, a shopkeeper at Lal Chowk.

Waterlogging resulted in heavy gridlocks in many parts of Srinagar.

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