SRINAGAR: Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday asked the officers to expedite the dredging of Jehlum, flood spill channel on war footing basis.
The Minister was informed that 5.50 lac cubic meters of silt were dredged out from river Jhelum Srinagar reach out of the 7 lac cubic meters target. In flood spill channel, from Bemina Bridge to Hokersar entry, Bukhari was informed that around 6 lac cubic meters of soil has been excavated out of 11.5 lac cubic meters target.
The Minister was briefed that the excavated soil has been utilized for construction of flood protection Bunds for a length of about 4.5 Kilometers and has been also dumped on both sides of the Bypass (in green belt area) in Bemina for land development.
The officers concerned informed the Minister that dredging work is in full swing at Shariefabad spot where 10 excavating machines have been pressed into service for dredging work.
The Minister was informed that by the excavation of the Flood Spill Channel from Bemina to Khushipora will increase the carrying capacity of the channel from 8000 Cusecs to 30,000 Cusecs.
He also directed the officers to deploy an additional number of JCB’s at Khushipora-Shariefabad spot of flood spill channel so that the dredging work is finished soon at an earliest.
On the occasion, locals of Khushipora demanded compensating for the land utilized for widening of the flood spill channel at Khushipora measuring around 242 Kanals. Bukhari.
He assured them that their demands will be redressed on priority and directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to resolve the grievances of these locals immediately.
Later, the Minister inspected the Development of Green patches into Public Park under AMRUT scheme project at AL-Farooq colony, Bemina. Bukhari was informed that the estimated cost of the project is Rs 203 lacs with the 10,500 sq. meters total area covered and SMC is the executing agency.
MLA Batamaloo Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Chief Engineer Irrigation & Flood control, Commissioner SMC, VC SDA and other concerned officers were accompanied with the Minister.