After a long delay, the authorities at Drainage department here have finally started work on restoration of the Doodhganga canal which was on the verge of extinction owing to the pollution.
An official said owing to unchecked dumping of garbage and solid waste the canal was facing “serious threat” from Magarmal Bagh up to Zampa Kadal where it joins the river Jhelum.
The official said the Drainage department along with trader outfits and local population took up the issue with District administration here.
The Executive Engineer, Srinagar Drainage, Altaf Hussain Shah said owing to proactive role of the district administration they were able to start the work on the canal from the last week.
“We recently formulated the Detailed Project Report follwing which the district administration approved Rs 47 lakh to start the work,” said Shah.
The official said all the bottlenecks resulting in choking of the canal will be removed. “The men and machinery are at work to deepen and widen the canal to ensure free flow of water,” the official said.
The official said dumping of solid waste by business community and locals has worsened the situation in the area. “Recently a food outlet in the area had dumped over 25,000 disposable plates in the canal,” the official said.
Locals welcomed the initiative by the department. According to them the revival of the canal will not only help in its restoration but also save the area from submerging during rains.
“Finally the authorities have woken up from the slumber to address the grave issue. During rains the entire drainage systems would turn defunct owing to the choked canal,” said Basher Ahmed, a resident of Batamaloo.
He said people were also to be blamed for dumping all the waste into the canal resulting in its deteriorating condition.
The officials said in addition to widening of the canal they have also proposed setting up a dewatering station at Zampa Kadal which will help the overall drainage network.
“We will soon finalize the DPR for it so that work can be taken up without any delay,” said the official.