Chief Secretary, B B Vyas Thursday reviewed the progress of the 330-MW Kishanganga Power project, being constructed in Gurez area of Bandipora district.
Chief Secretary reviewed the implementation of Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) Plan of the Project Affected families (PAFs and the status of demolition of structures and tree felling in the submergence area.
Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora furnished the details of the implementation of the R&R Plan.
The NHPC authorities informed that the dam site works are in progress as per the approved schedule besides a monitoring team has also been constituted to monitor the progress.
The 330MW Kishanganga HEP envisages diversion of river Kishanganga from Gurez valley into an underground powerhouse with 3 units of 110MW each and discharging the tail water in Wullar Lake.
Regarding treatment of Madhumati and Bonar Nallah to improve its discharge capacity and to protect the Nallah boundaries against high discharge, Chief Secretary asked Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department to complete the various protection works at critical stretches as per the fixed timelines and complete the process by 30th November, 2017 positively.
Chief Secretary also reviewed the progress of Kishanganga-Amargarh-Wagoora Transmission line, with instructions to Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam and Pulwama to complete the process of acquisition of land for setting up of towers and handing it over to the NHPC.
Vyas also chaired a meeting here to review flood mitigation measures in Kashmir division and the status of the ongoing dredging work in various stretches of River Jhelum and the flood spill channel.
The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Chief Executive Officer, Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project, Administrative Secretaries of the departments of PDD, Health & Medical Education, Public Works and DMRR&R, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, ADG Home Guards, Civil Defence, IGP Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Commandant NDRF, Commandant SDRF, Chief Engineers of PDD, PWD, I&FC,UEED,EMRE, S&O, VC SDA, Director Fire & Emergency Services, Director Meteorological Department, Commissioner SMC, Director, Disaster Management and other officers.
Chief Secretary received brief from Chief Engineer, I&FC regarding the ongoing flood mitigation works being undertaken by the department and the status of dredging work.
Underscoring the need for reassessing the existing flood levels especially after the September -2014 floods, Chief Secretary asked the I&FC Department to undertake an exercise to arrive at the levels at which water is likely to cross the danger mark at various spots, as could lead to inundation of the flood prone areas especially in the Srinagar city. This will assists us in better understanding the various actions that can increase or decrease risk exposure, and to forge greater coordination in containing the flooding problem.
Stressing on expeditious completion of the dredging work of River Jhelum, Chief Secretary directed the Chief Engineer, I&FC Department to prepare and share the daily targets for dredging with the office of the Chief Secretary. Chief Secretary also reviewed the status of availability of sand bags, boats, blankets, tents, mobile dewatering pump sets, diesel sets and wherewithal needed during the pre and post disaster scenarios.
Chief Secretary also reviewed the progress of Earthquake Mitigation, Fire Safety Measures, Disaster Management Plans and Relief Centres.
Chief Secretary directed the Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction department to issue an advisory to the Housing & Urban Development Department and R&B Department to mainstream the building byelaws/codes in all Government Buildings and Police and Public Housing Colonies.