by Aqib Nazir
Baramulla: The residents of stadium colony Baramulla on Monday staged a protest against the poor drainage system in the area.
Protesting residents kept the Baramulla-Handwara highway blocked for around two hours and raised slogans against government authorities.
The residents said that a small downpour floods the entire area on the night of March 1 forcing many to remain indoors.
They said that due to the lack of a proper drainage system in the colony the recent rainfall and snowfall has created a chaotic situation for the people of Stadium Colony.
Locals allege that the District Administration is ignoring their own people. “The houses get submerged during rains due to absence of drainage system and people including patients have to face lot of problems,” said Imran Nabi Kantroo, President of Stadium Colony.
“The 800-metre long drain was meant to be constructed at the cost of 1.3 Crore in 2020, which is still pending due to unknown reasons,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the exam of JKSSB was going to held today. Hundreds of aspirants suffered due to a two-hours long protest on the Baramulla-Handwara highway.
“In the middle of the night the water entered inside 10- 15 houses in the colony,” said the residents.
“We were in a deep sleep when water entered inside our house and everything got damaged worth thousands,” said Rashid Farooq, a resident of Stadium Colony Baramulla.
President Baramulla Municipal Council (BMC) Umar Kakroo visited the spot and assured of immediate redressal of their grievances.
“Today I personally visited the spot and I think there is a need for a proper drainage system and I assure you we will do something for this as soon as possible,” he said.
Later, the protesters dispersed off peacefully.