Fountains in City Crave for Attention
Faiqa Masoodi (Rising Kashmir)
Srinagar: The fountains erected at several major junctions across the city have failed to add to the charm of the summer capital as they either remain off or shower stagnant water.
There are 12 major fountains at road junctions in the city. These include the one near Tourist Reception Centre, Karan Nagar, Rainawari and Pantha Chowk. The fountains were installed at various places across the city way back in year 2007 and a whooping Rs 20 lakh were spent on each fountain, sources within Srinagar Municipal Corporation said.
The fountains were a part of SMC’s drive to beautify the city. The existing fountains were also renovated and attractive lights were added to them. However, the ambitious project could not take flight and the fountains started “dying” due to one reason or the other.
Maintaining that the fountains have a great aesthetic importance, President Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Alliance (JKTA) said, “The fountains give a feeling of pleasure and relief to those who sit by its side whether they are tourists or locals. Their maintenance is must and the water used should be changed regularly. Same water can be reused but it should not be allowed to get stagnated.”
People say the water is not drained out from the fountains for days together.
“Mere decoration won’t help as fountains need proper maintenance. Sitting around these fountains which otherwise should be relaxing gives a feeling of displeasure as bad smell emanates from them always. The pools around fountains are filled with all sorts of garbage. Not a single dustbin can be seen near any fountain,” said Tasleem Ahmad, a student.
SMC Commissioner, G N Qasba said he has no knowledge about the time gap after which the water for the fountains is changed. “I have no knowledge which water is used in the fountains. I will confirm the reasons for non-functioning of fountains from the concerned officials,” said Qasba.
Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner SMC, Fayaz Ahmad Bala said there are some technical problems which at times cause inconvenience. “All fountains in water do not fall under SMC jurisdiction and some are under the Department of Floriculture also. At times the motor pumps of these fountains get heated up so we have to stop them. We are trying to work out all wrongs in fountains,” said Bala.