JAMMU: The department of Irrigation and Flood Control has permanently restored 132 cuts and breaches on River Jhelum caused by the September 2014 floods from Srinagar to Anantnag, the government informed the House Tuesday. Replying to a question, the government informed that of the 136 cuts and breaches, 62 were permanently restored in Kakapora, 62 in Srinagar and 12 in Anantnag.
Moreover, 311 cuts and breaches were temporarily restored. Of these, 143 such breeches were restored from Panzinar to Sempora, 140 from Sempora to Sethar and 28 from Sethar to Khanabal.
The government added that during year 2015-16 a comprehensive plan priority works for flood management works on River Jhelum phase -1 has been approved at an estimated cost of 399.29 crore, out of which 119.07 crores have been released so far, against which 52.53 crores have been utilized.
150 schools upgraded: Govt
The government on Tuesday informed the House that during last two years, 150 schools have been upgraded in the state out of which 50 schools have been upgraded under SSA scheme and 110 under RMSA and all these schools have been made functional and requisite teaching staff has been provided.
In a written reply to Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen over the up gradation of 800 schools across the state, Education minister Nayeem Akhtar said: “In October 2014 school education department had issued a notification for the up-gradation of 448 middle schools and 322 higher secondary levels, the order in this regard was issued in disregard to the conditional approval of the cabinet decision without seeking the concurrence of the planning and finance department.”
‘’Number of factual inaccuracies and infirmities has been noticed and therefore the entire issue is being re-examined with reference of the feasibility, enrolment, distance and infrastructure,’’ he informed and added that preliminary report suggest that only 80 schools out of 800 are qualifying for up-gradation, however the department is presently focussing on rationalization of existing infrastructure to ensure its optimum utilization and improve the quality of education rather than expansion.’’