Srinagar August 28 (KINS): Over six years have passed since Centre gave its nod for construction of an alternate channel of Jhelum in Kashmir, the government has failed to frame a detailed project report (DPR) for the mega project.
In the backdrop of September 2014 floods, the Union Ministry of Water Resources in December that year asked the state government for framing of the detailed project report for the 80-km Dogripora flood channel to be constructed from Awantipora in south Kashmir to Wular Lake in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
The project as per government’s preliminary estimates was expected to cost Rs 20,000 crores to carry the surplus flood discharge of Jhelum.
However, the authorities have failed to frame the DPR for the project during the last over six-years.
A source in the Irrigation and Flood Control Department said that authorities on several occasions set up several committees for framing the DPR.
“A team of experts is still studying the project. In the past several committees started work but all failed to make a comprehensive DRP resulting the project is lingering for last so many years,” the source told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).
Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department Kashmir, Naresh Kumar said a team of experts have been working on studying this project.
“Small term measures have been taken since the 2014 devastated floods. In 2014, the carrying capacity of flood channel in Srinagar was 4000 cusecs and it is doubled now due to dredging. We also appeal to people not to make any constructions on banks of water bodies,” Kumar told news agency KINS.
It has become a common phenomenon in Kashmir that the water level rises in river Jehlum even by moderate rainfall.
As per official figures of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, the authorities have declared floods over 10 times since 2014.
As per the figures, the floods hit the valley in September 2014. The water level also increased above danger mark or created flood like situation in March 2015, April 2015, June 2015, July 2015, September 2015, April 2017, June 2018, and June 2019. (KINS)