Make judicious use: PHE
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Srinagar, Aug 3: With increasing temperature and very low precipitation, the water level in the river Jhelum, its tributaries and lakes have suffered a drastic decrease from last week of July and phenomenon continues unabated, a spokesman of Public Health & Engineering Department said on Friday.
The department of Irrigation and Flood Control has been taking steps to keep the lift stations functional by installation of drought pumps and by construction of X-bunds across rivers and nallahs for raising the levels, he said.
The average water level, according to officials, at Sangam for the month of July is only 6.6ft compared to last three years average of 7.92 ft. These figures, according to officials, and the absence of monsoon in the rest of the country indicate drought like conditions.
The department has appealed the farmers to extend their cooperation for utilizing the available irrigation water on rotation basis/ warbandi in view of low discharge of water in the rivers and canals.
The department said some lift irrigation schemes especially in South Kashmir have become non-functional which necessitated the department to issue an appeal to the farming community to make use of available water resources in a coordinated way on rotational basis so that everyone get his share to save the crops.
The concerned Executive Engineers have been directed to take the assistance of local revenue officials for ensuring warbandi.
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