Govt To Deploy More Men, Machinery To Dredge Flood Channel

SRINAGAR — The government on Saturday asked the concerned authorities to redouble efforts in terms of both men and machinery to conduct drudging of the Flood Channel.

In this regard, Secretary PHE, I&FC, Farooq Ahmad Shah inspected the dredging work on the Flood Spill Channel (FSC) from Bemina to Naidkhai and called for redoubling of efforts to ensure the completion of the work within the stipulated timeframe.

The Secretary toured the entire stretch of FSC from Bemina to Naidkhai and reviewed the pace of work. He directed the officials to increase deployment of men and machinery and ensure that the first phase of the stretch from Bemina to Hokersar is de-silted by March 2019. He said that in the second phase the remaining portion of the channel upto Wullar Lake, will de-silted which will result in greatly increasing the carrying capacity of the FSC. The entire project also includes de-silting of Doodhganga diversion channel.

The Secretary interacted with employees and people at Bemina, Khushipora, Shareefabad and Hokersar to get their feedback. Taking strong notice of power transmission towers built on the banks of FSC, the Secretary directed the officials to take up the matter with PDD and ensure their removal at the earliest. He also directed officials to ensure zero tolerance for encroachments on the banks of FSC, Jhelum and other water bodies. He said that if any officer is found delaying the removal of encroachments, strict action will be taken against the officials. The Secretary said that two officers were recently suspended because of their inability to remove encroachment within 24 hours.

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