In a bid to avert flood threat to Srinagar, authorities have expedited the process for restoration of Narbal flood spill channel to increase its carrying capacity
Official data reveals that authorities have acquired 511 kanals against the target 1500 kanals within past six days. The present capacity of the flood spill channel to carry water is around 4000 cusecs in Srinagar and it decreases further while moving towards north Kashmir. The restoration is aimed to increase its water carrying capacity upto 20000 cusecs through various phases.
"It will surely contribute a lot to minimize frequent flood threats. In fact, the measures must have been taken earlier" said a hydraulic expert.
"Earlier, some locals used to hamper the project forcing stoppage of the work. Even, some of the locals were not ready to cut down the trees," said an official.
He added that after taking the matter with higher ups, the assistance of police was taken up to ensure the process of restoration of flood spill channel goes on without any hurdles.
Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, Muhammad Hanief Lone, while confirming the development said that acquisition of the land for restoration of flood channel will be completed by or before the end of May, this year.
He added that the department is executing the project under "Priority works – Comprehensive Flood Management Plan Phase – I" on river Jhelum including the flood spill channel.
"A drastic demolition drive involving huge cutting down of trees inside the flood spill channel will be undertaken from village Durbal to Shariefabad," he informed.
He added that the work of the re-sectioning of the flood spill channel to increase its carrying capacity has already begun as per the instructions of the government.
He said that the government has issued directions to all concerned authorities to undertake land acquisition and expedite compensation.