SRINAGAR: To prevent a flood of September-2014 magnitude, the department of Irrigation and Flood Control has decided to engage reputed consultants from India and abroad for assistance.
The consultants would be engaged for comprehensive surveys, investigation, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)/Environmental Management Plan (EMP), formulation of Detailed Project Report for comprehensive flood management of the river Jhelum and its tributaries.
The information was shared by the minister in-charge for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Chaudhary, in reply to a question asked by MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in the state Legislative Assembly on Monday.
The minister said, “Flood discharge of the magnitude of September 2014, i.e. 1, 15, 000 cusecs requires a comprehensive flood programme on the whole Jhelum Basin to have efficient flood management.”
According to the government, the long-term solution includes “creation of storage schemes within the tributaries of the river Jhelum within the ambit of IWT-1960, construction of Dogripora additional Flood Spill Channel, increasing the capacity of existing flood-spill channel, dredging and strengthening of the river Jhelum from Khanabal to Baramulla to effectively manage the floods similar to that of September 2014, enhancing water retention capacity of water bodies like Narkara Numbal, Hokersar Jheel, Haigam Jheel, Ancharsar, Khushalsar and Wullar lake, flood zonation of valley, catchment area treatment”.
It said the department has now anticipated a discharge of 1, 06, 000 cusecs for which a DPR with an estimated cost of Rs 2,083 crore was submitted to the government of India in 2010.
The DPR includes strengthening of the embankments and other methods of treatment for the river Jhelum and Flood Spill Channel for facing any situation.
Under immediate measures, 3,320 spots under SDRF, which includes spot channelization of various tributaries besides 1,225 damaged spots under permanent restoration including breaches on the river, were executed and completed.
Regarding the already-taken steps, government said the department has formulated a project
Prior to floods of September 2014, the department had a flood management plan to manage the flood discharge to a capacity of 45,000 cusecs only.