JAMMU: The J&K government on Wednesday found itself at a wrong place when its own MLA supported by Opposition members demanded a probe as why dredging of Jhelum was going on at “snail’s pace”.
The issue was termed as “serious” given the recent floods if 2014 when Srinagar was submerged up to 25 feet in water.
The issue was flagged by ruling PDP MLA, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, seeking establishment of a house committee to probe as “dredging was happening at snail’s pace”.
“Danger is looming over Srinagar as no dredging is happening from Srinagar to Pampore,” Mir told the house.
He was joined by National Conference legislators and MLA Kulgam, M Y Tarigami who told the house that government “was not serious and its approach was casual”.
The PHE minister’s response did not satisfy the PDP MLA and opposition.
Mir said that it was a “serious concern in Srinagar and desilting of Jhelum was dream project of his mentor late Mufti Sayeed”.
“No drudging is happening in Jhelum from Srinagar to Pampore which was worst hit during floods. Whatever is happening is being done in bits and pieces,” he told the house. “The government has went down to Sopore and Baramulla for dredging. What is this? Even the condition of bunds is bad.”
“If there are rains, God forbid floods will again come and Srinagar is prone to it,” he said.
“I am not satisfied by the answer of PHE minister and I demand a house committee be formed to investigate it,” he told the speaker Kavinder Gupta. “A consultancy firm should be engaged and planning should be taken firmly which will help us in many sectors including tourism.”
He said that no money from PMDP was realised. “Where has the money gone? Rs 26000 crore has been released but where is that? Kis tijoori mein chupa hai?” he asked his own government. “Where is the money? Is it with Finance department?”
“Aaj ki date mein 5-5 machines should have been working,” he observed. “Form a house committee as how to conceive this project,” he asked the Speaker.
National NC’s Ali Mohammad Sagar said that it was a “serious charge by PDP’s Mir”.
Tarigami said that it was concern of the house. “What is government doing, this house should know. We need a concrete action plan… if it does not happen, when floods come in future, what will happen then?”
Sagar said that the government was “casual in its approach”.
Tarigami told the PHE minister, Sham Choudhary, “whatever feedback you are getting, it is not right”.