SMC Presses 75 Dewatering Stations into Service Commissioner Tours City

Srinagar: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) today started a massive exercise to dewater key areas in Srinagar where incessant rains and snow for the past more than 24 hours submerged main roads. Around 75 dewatering stations were pressed into service by the SMC’s drainage division.
SMC commissioner Dr G N Qasba toured the city today where he assessed the situation arising out of the long spell of rain/snow first hand. He expressed satisfaction over functioning of dewatering stations. “Despite power failure, we have been able to keep all the 75 stations fully operational,” said Qasba.

The government has spared more diesel generators to ensure smooth functioning.

The SMC called out more than 200 employees to cater to the needs of people and ensured dewatering is carried out round the clock and important areas are clear of water.

The commissioner personally inspected the dewatering stations at Daresk Kadal, Court Road, Jawahar Nagar, Raj Bagh, Sonawar, Bishambar Nagar and Maisuma Shorekhan. “Our field staff has been working with full dedication and round the clock at these dewatering stations,” said the commissioner.

He assured the staff that fuel should be no excuse to stop dewatering. “All pumps should function round the clock. Appropriate fuel will be ensured. We need to attend to the areas where there are serious complaints of water-logging or inundation,” said Qasba.

The SMC has prioritized areas and cleared most important roads of rainwater to ensure hassle free movement of traffic and pedestrians.

The commissioner has directed the ward officers and other employees to stay alert and address the people’s problem arising because of rain/snow water. “They should ensure the SMC reaches to needs of all areas and ensure no area faces any major problem,” he said.

Later, divisional commissioner Shailender Kumar took a review meeting attended by several senior officers, including deputy commissioner Farooq Shah. SMC commissioner apprised him about the dewatering exercise and the ground situation facing Srinagar.