March 2016 News

Massive Dredging Going On In Jhelum, Flood Channel In Kashmir

7 March 2016

Srinagar: Even though the Centre has yet to release funds under Priority Works- Comprehensive Plan for Flood Management Works on Jhelum-Phase-1 costing Rs 399.29 crore, massive dredging operation was going on in river Jhelum and Flood Spill Channel from state share funds. Governor N N Vohra has directed officials to speed up dredging to ensure that work is carried out speedily and completed well in time. The state government has yet to receive funds from the Centre for carrying out the dredging and other works for comprehensive flood management in river Jhelum, officials said. However, the Irrigation and Flood Control(I&FC) department has already started dredging work with the funds allotted under state share by the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. An official spokesman said that I&FC chief engineer Javid Jaffar said that that the cumulative dredging work done in the Jhelum river till date was to the tune of 6,10,000 cubic metre (cum). Similarly, dredging has been completed to the tune of 92,000 cum in the Flood Spill Channel. He said that the cumulative target set by the department was more than 8,00,000 cum to be achieved by the end of March 2016. This, he said, is over and above the dredging works which would be executed through the Kolkata based Reach Dredgers which has been tasked with mechanical dredging of 7,00,000 cum in the Srinagar stretch and 9,15,000 cum in Baramulla stretch. They said Chief Engineer has explained to Mr Vohra that these works would continue round the year irrespective of the changes in water levels in the river. The Governor was further informed that the identification of sites and construction of dykes as well as mobilisation of dredgers has already been initiated at the sites of Bell mouth of Flood Spill Channel at Outfall Channel Baramulla. The Governor directed that the actual dredging work on both the sites must be started without any further delay. They said that during his tour to Flood Spill Channel at Padshahi, Shivpora, Srinagar, yesterday, the Governor directed officials to ensure that the ongoing dredging works on the river Jhelum were carried out speedily and completed well in time. The Governor, who was informed that the mechanical dredging at the site would be dredging out a mass of 200-250 cubic metres per hour, directed the Divisional Commissioner to urgently initiate a cleanliness and beautification drive along the river fronts on both sides. Under the Prime Ministers Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Programme 2015, the DPR for Priority Works- CoUmprehensive Plan for Flood Management Works on Jhelum-Phase-1 costing Rs 399.29 crore has been carved out of the main project for Comprehensive Plan for Flood Management Works on Jhelum costing Rs 2083 crore. The main components of this project include re-sectioning and land acquisition to restore the width of the Flood Spill Channel, especially at Shariefabad and Naidkhai, strengthening of embankments, particularly vulnerable spots of river Jhelum and urgent dredging works in the river Jhelum and Flood spill Channel.