Kashmir Inc condemns flood spill channel land-filling

Kashmir Inc condemns flood spill channel land-filling

Observing that the JCRB flyover construction was not being handled properly the KCCI termed it negligence on the part of the concerned fearing that the development could cause another September-2014 l

The apex body of trade and commerce in the Valley, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry Saturday took serious note of land-filling of the Ram Bagh flood spill channel as allowed by the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) to facilitate construction of the JehangirChowk –Ram Bagh flyover.

Observing that the JCRB flyover construction was not being handled properly the KCCI termed it negligence on the part of the concerned fearing that the development could cause another September-2014 like disaster. 

“As reported by certain sections   of the press filling of  the Ram Bagh section of the flood spillage channel has been allowed and it poses imminent threat to the City in light of the  recent floods, as a wet season  is expected soon,” the KCCI Senior Vice President Mushtaq Ahmed Wani said.  “The concern of the breach of the banks of the river in case of a rise in the water level is real and needs immediate attention of the authorities.”

“The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) urges the administration to look into the matter immediately before there is loss of precious lives and property. The administration should ensure that appropriate measures are taken so that the trauma and shock that people  suffered in  September  2014 is not repeated,” he said in a handout.

As reported earlier this week by Greater Kashmir, the IFCD has allowed land-filling of the Ram Bagh spill channel, a development which has blocked movement of waters and equally raised apprehensions of another deluge. After the last year construction of vented causeway across this channel, the fresh land-filling has further heightened the flood fears.

As a part of the ongoing construction of the flyover, a bridge is being constructed parallel to the existing Ram Baghbridge. To facilitate the construction, the flood spill channel portion has been land-filled. While part of it is used to dump construction material the rest acts a causeway.

Observers fear that amid forecast of wet spell for the coming months, the blockade could prove disastrous again. Last year to facilitate hassle free work on the JCRB flyover the then Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailendra Kumar, who was personally monitoring the project progress,  saw construction of the vented causeway route across the channel being completed despite massive public outcry that the development could cause floods.

While IFCD has been preferring silence on the issue, Srinagarties have sought Governor NN Vohra’s intervention into the matter and strict action against the concerned for “negligence on their part.” But sources said till now the divisional administration has failed to initiate any inquiry into the matter.

Meanwhile, the KCCI has also expressed concern over Khushalsar filling and unabated  constructions in that area.