IFCD breaks silence on Ram Bagh bund

IFCD breaks silence on Ram Bagh bund

IFCD, however, continued with silence over the year old construction of a major causeway, which during September 2014 floods hindered smooth flow of waters.

Breaking silence over land-filing of Ram Bagh flood spill channel going on for the last over a year, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department Thursday said there was nothing to panic and that the Chief Engineer IFCD went on air on the issue.

Reacting to recent Greater Kashmir reports concerned Executive Engineer said: “It is to submit that the department is looking after the construction work on day to day basis. Also there is no reason for public to be panic as Department of Irrigation & FC has allowed ERA authorities to mobilize their machinery in the month of February, 2015 only as the level of water remains low in water bodies during this period. The earth filled portion is to be removed by the end of February, 2015 near Rambagh Bridge.” 

“This office vide letter No FSCDN/CDS/6897-99 dated: 29-12-2014 has clearly mentioned in No Objection Certificate condition No 5 that the construction works should be taken up in hand in a phased manner in tandem with I&FC Department so that obstruction in flow of flood discharge is not created. Also the Chief Engineer Irrigation & F.C. Kashmir during his interview on 92.7 FM radio told that the earthen crossing will be removed by the end of February, 2015 so it is requested that necessary rebuttal may be published in your esteemed daily,” Executive Engineer GM Ganie said in a handout.

IFCD, however, continued with silence over the year old construction of a major causeway, which during September 2014 floods hindered smooth flow of waters.  

Last year at Mehjoor Nagar the IFCD allowed construction of “vented causeway” across this flood spill channel. The causeway, as per the experts remained a main cause of Srinagar devastation when it hindered flow of waters and subsequently burdened Jhelum.

The causeway was constructed when the then Divisional Commissioner Shailendra Kumar was monitoring the work.  Eyebrows are equally raised over the IFCD concern towards Srinagar. 

At a time when Srinagar needs extra attention on the drainage, the IFCD transferred the Superintending Engineer looking after the Srinagar affairs. 

“In his place, the SMC during the model code of conduct illegally promoted an Executive Engineer having no know how of the drainage as the new SE. Since then he is at the helm and IFCD silence,” official sources said. Though aware,  Commissioner Secretary IFCD Pawan Kotwal has been silent on the issue.