After massive protests, Govt orders suspension of work on Doodh Ganga Water Supply Scheme

After massive protests, Govt orders suspension of work on Doodh Ganga Water Supply Scheme

“I have asked the ERA to suspend the work temporarily till an amicable solution, he maintained,” the Minister said according to a state government spokesperson.

After days of massive protests and clashes, the Jammu and Kashmir Government today ordered the suspension of the work on the Doodh Ganga Water Supply Scheme even as there was no let up in the violence on Thursday.

According to Srinagar based news agency GNS, the Agriculture Minster and MLA Charar-e-Shareef Ghulam Nabi Hanjoora today directed the Chief Executive Officer, Economy Reconstruction Agency (ERA), which is the executing agency for laying of 600 MM Di Pipe for Transmission of Raw Water from Higher Reaches of Doodganga Nallah to Kralpora Water Treatment Plant and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to temporary suspend the construction work on the project till an amicable solution.

“I have asked the ERA to suspend the work temporarily till an amicable solution, he maintained,” the Minister said according to a state government spokesperson.

Hanjura said being public representative of the area, the people have represented to him and expressed some reservation on the project and have demanded suspension of work on the project as it harms their interests. He said he will visit the area for some on-the spot amicable solution by addressing the concerns of the locals.

Prior to the orders of the Minister the work on the scheme was going on despite clashes and protests in Chadoora. The protesters clashed with government forces while the forces retaliated by firing teargas shells and pepper gas. However the locals said that the work on the scheme was stopped at 3 PM.

Meanwhile, there is strong resentment against the Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjoora in Chadoora. The locals of the Chadoora today once again said that due to involvement of Minister’s son in the project he has “backtracked from his assurance of supporting them”.

“Before polls, he assured of his support with regards to the scheme. However he has now changed his tone as his son has the contract of the same scheme,” alleged the locals.

Ali Muhammad Wani, who is the resident of Chadoora, told GNS: “Earlier before polls the Minister campaigned door to door and promised us protection in case of his win. But you have seen how he kept mum over the use of brute force against the locals of Chadoora during last few days.

He didn’t utter a word against the atrocities on us and against the use of peppers on us. Our houses were ransacked even our women were not spared but the Minister maintained criminal silence.”

The locals of the Chadoora claim that if the scheme is started they would be deprived of drinking water and irrigation water, which according to them, would be a major catastrophe for the populace of the whole area.  (GNS)