Strengthening of stormwater drainage network is going to be a major developmental focus of administration in Srinagar this coming fiscal.
To start with the district administration in association with the Srinagar Smart City Limited or SSCL is spending Rs. 25 crore to strengthen the drainage network in identified areas of the city.
The concerned department has been asked to submit a detailed project report for construction or upgradation of drainage which will address shortfalls and help redress concerns in this regard.
It should be noted that the amount and the proposed project is in addition to 14 crore rupees released in this current fiscal to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation for strengthening drainage in the city.
Meanwhile the J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency or ERA has invited bids for installation of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition or SCADA system for 80 new dewatering stations it has constructed in Srinagar.
This along with new drainage projects being taken up in coming fiscal will significantly address shortfalls and improve the drainage scenario in Srinagar city.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar De Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said adherence to completion timelines will be important adding that relevant responsibilities of concerned officers will be fixed in order to ensure adherence to timelines.
Dr Shahid who is also the Chief Executive Officer SSCL said the development of drainage in Srinagar city is also amongst the main areas of focus of the SSCL adding that efforts are afoot to a bring drainage under a smart mechanism will help identify of concerns aimed at timely interventions as required.