Urgent need for flood mitigation action plan: HC

Urgent need for flood mitigation action plan: HC

Seeks status report on removal of encroachments from water bodies

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Monday sought urgent attention of chief secretary of the state with regard to action plan for mitigation of re-occurrence of floods and dredging of River Jhelum.
The court also sought status report about removal of encroachments from water bodies in the state.
The court remarked that the matter was of great concern as since the last floods in 2014 “no action plan is in place before us”.
The Division Bench said that government is unable to form action plan in order to save the lives and properties of the people.
The court was told that since the order passed in December 2018 no action plan has been submitted before court, and the dredging of Jehlum was not being done on scientific lines.
The court noted that it was important to start taking action now.
“We can’t wait for action plans and disaster knocks at our doors,” the court said.
Earlier, J&K High Court in a suo moto cognizance of various news reports published on September 7 this year, had registered a public interest litigation (PIL) on the matter and called for response from Commissioner Secretary I&FC and Chief Engineer I&FC.
The newspaper reports had highlighted that four years after the deluge victims of deadly floods of 2014 have not received relief.
One of the reports mentioned that many flood victims from Shivpora, Sonwar, Dalgate, Basant Bagh, Humhama, Narkara, Awantipora and Kakapora were yet to receive compensation.
A study titled ‘A satellite-based rapid assessment on floods in Jammu & Kashmir–September 2014’, conducted jointly by the Department of Environment & Remote Sensing and the ISRO concluded that the 2014 floods inundated 557 sq-km of Kashmir and affected at least 22 lakh people.