J&K Governor N N Vohra on Tuesday directed the Irrigation & Flood Control department to ensure quick completion of dredging of river Jhelum.
Reviewing the progress of Jhelum dredging at Raj Bhavan here, the Governor noted that cumulative dredging work done in Jhelum river stretch from Khannabal Bridge to Halamulla was 2,01,700 cubic-meter till January 2016 against the target of 2,89,700 cubic-meter to be completed till February 2016. Similarly, for Sethar to Sempora stretch of the river, it was 1,12,500 cubic-meter till January 2016 against the target of 1,55,000 cubic-meter till February 2016; for Lasjan to Shalteng stretch, it was 66150 cubic-meter till January 2016 against a target of 95,000 cubic-meter to be completed till February 2016; for Shalteng to Panzinara stretch of the river it was 23,680 cubic-meter till January 2016 as against a target of 52,500 cubic-meter till February 2016; for Panzinara to Banyari stretch of the river it was 129,200 cubic-meter till January 2016 as against the target 2,22,500 cubic-meter till February, 2016.
Similarly, for the outfall channel at Baramulla from Pohru to Janbazpora it was 25590 cubic-meter till January 2016 against a target of 33,000 cubic-meter till February 2016.
On the flood spill channel from PadshahiBagh to Wullar, the cumulative achievement was 81820 cubic-meter till January 2016 as against a target of 1,14,450 cubic-meter to be completed till February 2016.
As per the Secretary I&FC's report, as on 29th January 2016, the status of work done in the various stretches in the month of January 2016 is as: 72,000 cubic-meter against target of total 80,000 cum in Khannabal Bridge to Halamulla stretch; 25,000 cubic-meter against target of 37,500 cubic-meter in Sethar to Sempora stretch; 30,650 cubic-meter against target of 30,500 cubic-meter in Lasjan to Shalteng stretch; 12,180 cubic-meter against target of 18,000 cubic-meter from Shalteng to Panzinara stretch; 56,700 cubic-meter against target of 60,000 cubic-meter from Panzinara to Banyari stretch; and 5,590 cubic-meter against target of 6000 cum from Pohru to Janbazpora stretch.
"Dredging has been completed to the extent of 25,720 cubic-meter against target of 38,100 cubic-meter envisaged to be done in the Flood Spill Channel from Padshahibagh to Wullar," an official spokesman said.
A Raj Bhavan spokesperson recalled that in a meeting held on 14th January 2016 in the Civil Secretariat, the Governor had directed the Secretary, Irrigation and Flood Control to ensure time-bound completion of dredging works on the stretch of river Jhelum from Anantnag to Baramulla and the Flood Spill Channels.
The Governor had also directed time-bound completion of all emergent works in the Mission mode by constituting a Group headed by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to promptly deal with all matters connected with land acquisition, removal of encroachments etc. He had also asked Chief Secretary to issue formal directions to all concerned officers to devote day to day attention to all emergent Flood Management Works including dredging, strengthening of bunds and removal of encroachment along Jhelum and its tributaries.
A Raj Bhavan Spokesperson informed that the Governor will be shortly visiting Srinagar soon to personally inspect the ongoing dredging work being done in the river Jhelum.
The Governor has also directed the Chief Secretary to personally monitor the progress of dredging regularly and send him progress reports every ten days.
Vohra has also directed the Secretary (I&FC) to personally inspect the dredging works and to ensure resolution of all issues, if any, for time bound completion.