SRINAGAR: The Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sukhnandan Choudhary Wednesday called for immediate removal of encroachments on the banks of irrigation canals in Kashmir Valley.
Taking stock of post-flood restoration of irrigation canals in Kashmir in meeting of officers and engineers of the concerned departments, the Minister instructed the officers to maintain close coordination and monitor the opening of irrigation canals, an official handout issued here said.
He, it said, also called for removal of all the encroachments from the irrigation canals and flood-spill channels to ensure free flow of water.
The meeting was attended by Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Kashmir, Javid Jaffer, and Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers of the department, it said.
“The Minister was informed that the work of protection bunds on the banks of water bodies will be taken in hand soon. The Minister was also informed the drudging works of various irrigation canals are apace and all the irrigation canals would be open within 15 days,” it added.
Earlier, the Minister toured district Budgam and took stock of ongoing construction work of Nallah Narspora and Nallah Shali Ganga and Arigam irrigation canal which suffered extensive damage due to heavy rains and flash-floods.
He also visited Government Higher Secondary School Arigam and reviewed rehabilitation of people of Freswara, Shala Nar, Fraslab Ghar Dargan who were evacuated due to landslides.
Accompanied by the Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Kashmir, the Minister also visited Lift Irrigation Scheme at Tral of Pulwama district and took stock of ongoing restoration works.
They also visited Sangam Bridge, Talkhan, Hassanpora and other villages of the area.
Various deputations met the Minister and apprised him about their problems.
The Minister was informed that the work for restoration of Lift Irrigation Scheme is apace and will be completed within a week’s time.