CM inspects Jhelum dredging, expresses dismay over tardy pace

Srinagar: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today expressed her unhappiness over the slow pace of dredging and de-silting in river Jhelum. She directed the concerned Department to seek an explanation from the executing agency about the reasons for the delay in achieving the targets.

The Chief Minister made these observations while visiting several dredging and de silting spots along the river.

Mehbooba Mufti visited the entire river strip from Srinagar to Panzinara and Kreshibal and enquired from the concerned engineers about the status of the silt excavation and the reasons for the slow progress. She directed the concerned engineers to look into the reasons of the slow progress in achieving the dredging targets and fix the responsibility. She said owing to low discharge winters are the best season to undertake de silting and dredging activities and best use of this time should have been made.

Enroute, Mehbooba Mufti stopped at several places and interacted with people who brought their day to day problem into the notice of the Chief Minister.

People sought intervention of the Chief Minister in redressal of their problems like road up gradation, ration availability, power supply etc. She issued on the spot directions for the redressal of the same.

At Noor Bagh, people complained of seepage and inundation of their houses and lanes due to low level of Jhelum banks.

Mehbooba Mufti directed taking steps for raising the level of banks of river Jhelum so that no water overflows into their premises and lanes.

Member, Legislative Assembly, Anjum Fazili; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Chief Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mohammad Haneef Lone and other senior officers accompanied the Chief Minister during the tour.

Div Com reviews progress on CM’s directions

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today convened an emergency meeting to review the directions of Chief Minister which she made today during her visit of Srinagar City.

Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Engineers of R&B, PHE & I&FC, officers of SMC, JKPCC, JKPDD, Education and other concerned  Departments were present in the meeting.

Div Com reviewed the pace of construction works of bridges at Qamarwari (Cement kadal), Shalteng, Maloora and Takanwari. He directed the R&B and JKPCC officials to start work on these bridges by tomorrow and work in double shifts wherever required, so that these projects are completed within the stipulated time frame.

The Div Com also directed R&B engineers to take up the work of CementKadal-Noorabad drain and repair work of Noorbagh-Panzinara road via Kreshbal to fulfill the long pending demand of the locals. He also reviewed the pace of dredging work at Panzinara and Kreshbal and directed I&FC officials to speed up the pace of work.

 The Div Com directed the PDD engineers to repair the Eidgah-Panzinara LT line within two days so that the electricity is restored in these areas and people do not suffer.

To mitigate the demand of people of Tengpora Srinagar, the Div Com directed the officers of Education Department to submit a DPR for primary school at Tengpora within fifteen days, so that the work on this project will start soon. 

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