Balwant Singh Bhau
Pre-Monsoon showers once again arrived in Jammu city on Monday, bringing much-needed relief to the sweltering city. Moderate rainfall was reported from across the city, which also caused water logging in certain areas and led to traffic snarls. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a cloudy sky and spells of rain or thundershowers for the next seven days as well.
Maximum temperature dropped from 37.8 degree Celsius to 35.3 degree Celsius and weathermen said it would dip further during the week. “It has been very cloudy throughout the day.
Water logging was reported in areas including Jewel Chowk, Canal road, Gandhi Nagar and etc. At the water logging, no civic officials were present to drain out water from the waterlogged areas. Traffic moves at snail’s pace on a rainy morning here in Jammu.
The rainwater infrastructure, if it exists at all, is not sufficient to guarantee the drainage of the water so that streets in low-lying areas get inundated. Roads are blocked leading to traffic jams, pedestrians have to wade through flooded streets and especially the urban poor, living in slums have their homes often damaged by the water, which takes several days to recede. But water logging happens everywhere, whether in rich or in poor neighborhoods. The water becomes polluted when it mixes with the garbage and waste that is littered everywhere and apart from disrupting traffic it also becomes a risk to health. In a flooded street they become invisible, clogging almost every drain and cause a serious threat to the pedestrians and the two-wheelers. The Municipal authorities need to pay more heed as this problem arrives as soon as the rains does. The pleasant weather soon turns into a nightmare for the local population. Director MeT, Sonam Lotus said that the spells of rain or thundershowers for the next seven days as well. Jammuites have to wait for 15 to 20 days for monsoons in the state, Lotus added.