Constructions Banned Along Jhelum

SRINAGAR — The authorities Thursday banned constructions along the banks of Jhelum river here.

Secretary Public Health Engineering (PHE) , Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC), Farooq Ahmad Shah, asked the officials not to carry out road constructions or erect electricity poles and lay water pipes along the river. He inspected the Jhelum and flood spill channels embankments at various places in Srinagar and took stock of the pace of ongoing works.

During his visit, Shah directed officials of the Irrigation and Flood Control department to ban any kind of construction of roads on the sides of the bank stating that this can “ weaken the embankments and cause other problems.”  He also directed that no any “electric pole shall be installed on the banks of rivers” and there “should be a complete ban on laying of water piper on these banks.”

Shah said that these steps should be strictly “implemented as there is an apprehension” that water leakage from the “pipes can weaken the bunds which in turn can prove dangerous during the times of high water level.” He said that the department is committed to “strengthen the entire embankments and no compromise will be tolerated in this regard.”

He said if any official is found guilty of not following the orders strict action will be initiated against him.  Many officers of the  I & FC department accompanied the Secretary and informed him about various works alongside the bund. He was informed that once the entire project is completed, the entire bund will regain its pristine glory and it can become an added attraction for locals and tourists alike, besides greatly reducing any flood risks.


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