Mu­nic­i­pal­ity urged to look into flood­ing of lanes in Dar­sait

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Swapna Taraf­dar

Res­i­dents of Dar­sait have urged Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to look into the mat­ter of flood­ing of lanes which pass through a wadi.

Res­i­dents say reg­u­lar flood­ing of these lanes on rainy days puts them in in­con­ve­nience. Even when it does not rain, the ab­sence of a per­ma­nent cross­ing or bridge over the wadi causes prob­lems for pedes­tri­ans as wa­ter keeps flow­ing 365 days a year.

Res­i­dents and reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to the area, which lies be­side the Dar­sait street to­wards the Aint beach have ex­pressed their un­hap­pi­ness over the lin­ger­ing is­sue. Sami S, a res­i­dent of the area, said, “A wadi flows par­al­lel to the Dar­sait street. Be­side the wadi, many fam­i­lies live in the res­i­den­tial area. There are of­fices too. To reach that area, there are mul­ti­ple lanes that criss-cross the wadi.

“Come heavy rain and this Dar­sait street wadi over­flows caus­ing night­mare for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the area. We can­not use the lane to reach our home as it gets flooded and ROP of­fi­cials warn us from cross­ing as it could be risky to our lives. It rained last week and I had to put up at a friend’s place in CBD. So, you have two op­tions - ei­ther stay in­doors or wait on the ei­ther side of the over­flow­ing wadi be­fore the wa­ter flow sub­sides.”

He said that even if it does not rain it’s an or­deal for peo­ple in­clud­ing school­child­ren and teach­ers to ne­go­ti­ate wa­ter flow­ing from un­known sources the whole year. “Some wooden planks are placed on the wadi bed so that chil­dren and par­ents can use when the wa­ter flow is less. Even those are re­moved when the wa­ter flow is more. If only all lanes or at least one of them had an el­e­vated struc­ture it would be much eas­ier for us.”

A teacher with In­dian School Dar­sait said, “Hun­dreds of stu­dents of the ju­nior sec­tion have to cross the wadi us­ing the wooden planks ev­ery day. Most of the chil­dren stay in this area only and it’s a daily or­deal for them. At a per­sonal level just last week it rained and my wife had to stay at her friend’s place. I have a sedan car and it’s not ad­vis­able to drive through the wadi when the cur­rent is strong.

“It’s time the au­thor­i­ties looked into the mat­ter.”

Raghav B, a res­i­dent of the area who deals with this or­deal the whole year, said, “It is a big prob­lem for my chil­dren and peo­ple who re­side in this area. On rainy days, my chil­dren even miss out on school. The wadi has wa­ter flow­ing even on non-rainy days. We do not know the source of this wa­ter. This is a prob­lem for many fam­i­lies. Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity should come up with some so­lu­tion.”

Salem, another res­i­dent of the area, said, “There have been days when I, my wife and chil­dren have slept in our car as we could not cross the wadi. I have seen many fam­i­lies do­ing the same as they could not reach their homes as the wadi over­flowed. At least a bridge should be built to tackle the prob­lem.”

(V K Shafeer/Mus­cat Daily)

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