Srinagar 12 March (KNB): The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has begun de-watering numerous submerged areas since early hours of morning and has pressed into the services both the mobile and stationed pumps across the city, particularly at the vulnerable points.
Following reports of water logging, Commissioner SMC Athar Amir Khan took an extensive review on dewatering progress after extensive field visits at different working stations and areas under submergence to take stock of dewatering exercise that is going on constantly because of unprecedented showers.
He visited dewatering stations at Sonwar, Regal lane, Jahangir chowk, Nursing Garh, Zampa Kadal, Darish kadal, Shaheen Colony Palpora, Bemina and Moominabad Batamaloo.
He was accompanied by S.E Drainage Ahsaan ul Haq, Exn Mech Drainage wing and other officials.
Commissioner passed on directions to the concerned to keep dewatering stations in full operational mode round the clock and keep the standby diesel/generator sets in a state of readiness at the permanent dewatering stations.
He was updated that 86 permanent dewatering pumps are functional 24×7 whereas 83 dewatering mobile pumps are in deployment which have been installed at vulnerable places.
On the occasion Commissioner SMC said adequate POL has to be provided to the said dewatering stations/mobile pumps so that pumps remain operational even in absence of electricity facility.
He further reiterated both men and machines should work on war footing to ensure no civilian faces any inconvenience due to the rain water.
The officials apprised Commissioner SMC of the ground situation and the men and machinery in place to dewater inundated areas.
“Overall SMC has 127 mobile dewatering units with capacities ranging from 75000 litres per hour to 7.oolac litres per hour besides towing and quick response equipment,” the statement read.
It further added that SMC has in place a regular maintenance group to tackle any such situation. (KNB)