Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Choudhary Sham Lal today informed the Legislative Assembly that during the year 2015-16, a Comprehensive Plan – Priority Works for Management on River Jhelum Phase-I, has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 399 crore. He said of this Rs 119.07 crore stand released so far, against which Rs 52.53 crore has been utilized on the allied works like construction of protection walls/toe walls, dredging works etc.
Replying to a Question by Anjum Fazili, the Minister further informed that Rs 38.41 crore has also been spent on various restoration works on river Jhelum from Anantnag to Srinagar under temporary and permanent basis after the 2014 floods.
He said the government would put in place a State Water Policy and its draft has been put in the public domain for feedback.
The comprehensive study of morphology of Jhelum and Tawi has been started. For devising management and control measures to tackle floods, Early Warning System would be put in place in Jhelum, Tawi and Chenab, he said.
He also said the department is taking various initiatives to provide potable water to inaccessible areas of the state and special focus is being given to supplying water for irrigation to every agricultural field. Winding up the discussion on demand of grants for the PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Choudhary said the mandate of the department is to develop policies, programmes and practices for effective use of the state's water resources in an equitable and sustainable manner.
Under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), the government is focusing on ensuring drinking water security by adopting holistic approach through conjunctive use of surface, ground and rain water harvesting, he said. GKNN