Jahangeer Ganaie

Water logging due to blocked drain in Qazigund town irks shopkeepers, pedestrians

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Anantnag: The defunct drainage system in Qazigund main town in south Kashmir’s Anantnag has left the shopkeepers and the pedestrians high and dry.

The local shopkeepers said the water overflows from the blocked drain which causes huge inconveniences to them and the passerby.

“People visiting the Qazigund market face a tough time as the area remains inundated every time and the foul smell coming out of the stagnant water irks the customers,” a local shopkeeper said.

Abdul Salam Wani, a shopkeeper said the drain has been left unattended for years together which has made the market a cesspool.

“We submit our monthly fees to the municipal committee so as to get better facilities in terms of sanitation and other facilities but in return we get to see this stagnant water coming out of this damaged drain which causes foul smell in the whole market,” the shopkeeper said.

This overflow of water from the drain not only irks shopkeepers but pedestrians and customers as well as.

“Whenever any vehicle goes through it, stains full of dirt come out of it and make our clothes dirty,” said a passerby.

Other shopkeepers also echoed the same voice and said the Municipal Committee Anantnag has failed to repair the drain despite getting monthly fees from traders.

“We have brought this issue in notice of concerned authorities several times but to no avail,” they said.

They urged the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag to personally look into the matter at an earliest and carry out immediate repairs of the drain.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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