SRINAGAR – Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary today stressed upon the officers of I&FC department to gear up their men and machinery to further speed up the dredging works in river Jhelum.
Minister said this during his day long tour to Baramulla and Sopore to personally monitor the ongoing dredging works in river Jhelum and functioning of PHE department in these areas.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Nasir Naqash, Chief Engineer PHE Srinagar Ghulam Mohammed Bhat, Chief Engineer I&FC, Superintending Engineer PHE and I&FC Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Executive Engineers of PHE and I&FC Baramulla and other senior officers of the department accompanied the Minister during his visit.
The Minister visited site no-2 in Khadinyar area of Baramulla where dredging works in Outfall Channel (OFC) of river Jhelum are being carried out by the department. The Minister was informed that 2 long boom excavators have been engaged at the site for second stage works.
In order to speed up the process, the Minister asked the concerned officers to submit a proposal for procurement of 2 new high-tech dredging machines for the purpose. The new machines are highly advanced and will help in taking out the material from river bed faster, the Minister said.
Sham Lal Choudhary also visited the other dredging site in Sopore and was briefed by the concerned officers about the ongoing works. It was informed that 2 suction dredgers have been engaged for the works. It was informed to the Minister that the machines are working properly and around 50 cubic metre river bed material are being taken out per hour.
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