Caving in of Jhelum embankment

Caving in of Jhelum embankment
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DC visits spot, directs sampling of underneath seepage

SRINAGAR: As part of the inquiry in the caving in of embankment at Lasjan, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Saturday visited the spot and took first hand appraisal of the incident.
An official spokesman here said, the DC, who headed the inspection team of officers from I&FC, Geology & Mining, PHE, R&B and Revenue departments, inspected the entire stretch of the caved-in embankment as well as the adjacent area, seeking detailed information and assessment of the extent of damage to the embankment and possible reasons for the same.
The officers while making deposition about the matter before him informed the DC of their evaluations about the incident and details of ongoing work for reconstruction of the damaged stretch of the embankment.
Locals of the area also made depositions before the DC on the occasion, sharing information about the incident and possible reasons of the cave in.
The DC was informed that there has been continuous seepage from underneath the damaged embankment since the incident occurred and that the same appears to be a major reason for the incident.
Dr Shah instructed for immediate sampling of the seepage water to ascertain its source, saying that it was extremely important that a thorough assessment and understanding of the reasons was made in order to ensure incidents like this do not recur.
DC also reviewed the status of ongoing restoration work of the damaged embankment.