GoI constitutes expert team to find cause of flood in Kashmir, safety options

Srinagar: Government of India has constituted a team of experts to find reasons behind recent devastating floods in Kashmir Valley and how to avoid similar catastrophes in future.
The team headed by chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC) Ashwin Pandya has been asked to assess the reasons for the flooding, and whether an alternative channel circling Srinagar is technically and financially feasible, a media report said Tuesday.
The move has come in response to the state’s written request to New Delhi for an “in-depth study on whether an alternative channel for the Jhelum could be created to carry extra water during a flood”, the Indian Express reported, adding that the team is expected to submit its report by October end.
The state is said to have made requests for an alternative flood channel in Srinagar to New Delhi in past as well, but only informally.
“An estimated Rs 8,500 crore would be required to create this channel,” the report said.
The state had previously sought Rs 2500 crore, as said by the former PHE minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din, for dredging of Jhelum and its tributaries, and for strengthening its embankments. But only Rs 100 crore was released and that too late, Taj has said.
The state government had already made clear that it is “clueless” about what happened on September 6 and 7, and to know the reasons it has also claimed to have started an assessment process.