Rain water enters shops in Mendhar, RDD in deep slumber

Traders protesting at Mendhar town on Saturday. — Excelsior/ Rahi Kapoor
Traders protesting at Mendhar town on Saturday. — Excelsior/ Rahi Kapoor

Excelsior Correspondent

MENDHAR, July 15: Heavy rain in Mendhar town today flooded the main market and water entered many shops and damaged traders’ property besides goods worth lakhs.
Due to choked drains, the water was flowing in the lanes and main bazaar. Worst condition was on Dak Bungalow  Road, Sangala Chowk and Hakin Morh. The water level at many places was 1.5 to 2 ft and it entered many shops destroying goods of the traders.
The angry local traders held protest and alleged that the local Sub Divisional administration and the Rural Development Department (RDD) authorities have failed to divert the rain water of the Mendhar market in spite of repeated requests. Despite request of Beopar Mandal, the drains were not cleared before rainy season.
They said that there was heavy rain during early hour today resulting into water logging which caused great damage to the shopkeepers. There is strong resentment among the business community and the locals.
The incessant rains worsened the situation as most of the roads in the town were inundated causing great inconvenience to the common people. The drainage blocked led to water logging and inundation of the town. After rain there was a flood like situation in the entire markets of Mandhar town. In connection with all this, people accused the Rural Development Department and the local Sarpanchs as well.
Locals  said that the rain water from residential and non-residential areas of town clogged here in the market and entered their shops. They said that for a long time the drains were not cleared by the RDD. People sought intervention of DC, Poonch into the matter.