Pipe Damage Causes Worst Traffic Jam In Solina-Ramabagh

Earth Remover repairing the spot where damage took place during wee hours. KL Image
Earth Remover repairing the spot where damage took place during wee hours. KL Image

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Hundreds of vehicles carrying mostly school students and office-goers were caught in one of the worst traffic jams near Rambagh as one of the two access lanes near Solina remained blocked for last four years. People who tried to foot the distance to reach their destinations failed because every inch of the available space was occupied by the traffic.

Locals and the police said that blockage was the outcome of serious damage to a water supply line that literally inundated the area. During wee hours, one police officer said, an earth remover clearing debris near the Silk Factory access somehow damaged an 18 inch water supply line that emptied thousands of gallons of water in the belt, inundating the road and making it impassable. The Fly Over contractor had to employ a number of water pumps to prevent the water from getting into the flood-soaked homes around.

A shopkeeper mocking at officials by trying to fish in the 'troublde waters'. KL Image
A shopkeeper mocking at officials by trying to fish in the ‘troublde waters’. KL Image

As the authorities joined the efforts, it jammed one complete lane triggering a massive jam in and around. “When I reached the spot at 8 am, there was massive jam,” Abdul Majid Khan said. “It took me around half an hour to pass the mess while I was on way to Hyderpora.”

As the school buses, and employees started towards Lal Chowk from the uptown, Budgam and parts of South Kashmir, it triggered one of the massive jams in the area. “It took me nearly 65 minutes between Barzalla and Iqbal Park,” one sumo driver who was carrying a patient from Chadoora said. “It was worst of the jams that I was caught in last two years.”

One middle rung police officer who was part of the firefighting said it will take them a couple of hours to make the lane passable. “The PHE people have been called and they are on the job,” the officer said. “The contractor had tried to plug it on his own and he failed and now the concerned people have come.”

Post-damage, a vast stretch being fed by the supply line is facing water shortage as their taps are running dry. They may have to wait for nearly a day till the supply is restored. The damage to the pipe has literally emptied the tank where from the water was piped down.

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