Speeding Up Of Hokersar Dredging Work Sought


SRINAGAR — Secretary of Public Health Engineering (PHE) Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) departments, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Saturday sought speeding up of the ongoing dredging works in Hokersar lake.

Speaking on the occasion, the Sec­retary said that the completion of the first phase of flood management will increase the capacity of manag­ing floods by 60,000 cusecs.

“The Governor and the Chief Sec­retary are keenly monitoring flood management works and are very serious in increasing the capacity of flood channels to avert major trag­edy in case of floods” Shah said.

“A long-term plan is being de­vised to chalk out a strategy to pre­vent 2014 like flood situation. For this Spain based company has been roped in which will submit a DPR by the end of this month,” he said.

The Secretary said that the work on two bridges at Sharifabad and Naidkhai by JKPCC will be completed by the end of March 2019, adding that the construction of these bridg­es will help in movement of waters in the spill channel.

The Secretary was informed that the re-sectioning of flood chan­nel from Mehjoor Nagar Bridge to Tengpora is going on, while as a ma­jor portion of work on Tengpora to Sharifabad has also been completed. Shah said I&FC is trying hard to get the re-sectioning and the dredging work done within six months and ensure early commencing of work on the second phase. He informed that in phase-2 dredging and re-sectioning of Jehlum from Sopore to Baramulla will be started and the width of it will also be increased to 30 metres. The government has already earmarked funds for it, he added.

Be Part of Quality Journalism

Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.



Observer News Service

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.