SRINAGAR: Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar Thursday sought cooperation of people for eradication of encroachments to prevent floods in future.
According to an official handout, Akhtar said that a comprehensive mechanism will be put in place to prevent flood-like situations in future. “It will include both short and long term measures,” he said.
“To prevent future disasters in the aftermath of rains, while the administration should ensure that no encroachments and illegal constructions area allowed in river beds, flood basins and embankments of Nallahs, the public should also be sensitized not to resort to any such activity,” the offiacil statement quoted Akhtar as saying. The handout stated that Akhtar was addressing a meeting of official at Bandipora, after extensive tour of flood-affected areas of the district Bandipora. Akhtar further said that the government was closely monitoring the situation caused by the incessant rains in the state.
“The area of priority concern for the government is dewatering of the inundated areas,” the statement quoted Akhtar as saying.
“Although rains are not new to Kashmir, the scare is understandable in the wake of the devastating floods that hit the Valley September last,” he added.