Pampore Jehlum embankment damaged in 2014 floods yet to be repaired

PAMPORE: Pamporeresidents said authorities are putting their lives at risk as the Jehlum embankment at Frestabal, Drangbal, Eidgah, Kadlabal andGalander – which were damaged in 2014 floods- have not been repaired.
They appealed Lieutenant Governor to immediately take up the repairing of the banks “so that the town does not meet the fate they met in 2014”.
The residents alleged that during the repairs, contractors made money and sold sand in the name of dredging and strengthening embankment.
“We appeal to the Lieutenant governorto immediately act upon the genuine demand of the people,” said residents.
Mohammad Yusuf Malik, member civil society Pampore told Kashmir Reader that an unplugged breach at Galander is posing a threat to saffron fields and residential areas.
Member Parliament for Anantnag parliamentary constituency Hasnain Masoodi told Kashmir Reader that he will raise the issue with centre and local administration.
“The embankments from Galander to Frestabal Pampore need to be raised 3 feet in height and concretized,” he said, adding that Pampore town is at a great risk of floods due to presence of many breach’s caused in 2014 which were left unplugged.
He slammed authorities for raising few meters of embankments of Jhelum at Frestabal.
Assistant Executive Engineer Flood Control department, Gulzar Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the concrete parapet at Frestabal was executed by NHAI (National Highway Authority of India).
He said that they have sent proposal to raise concrete walls of the banks.
“Concrete walls would be raised from Galander point to HP gas plant,” he said, adding that they have already written to the PC division Srinagar to execute the works.
He added that they have made suggestions which would help in mitigating the flood fury in Pampore town.
In 2014, the saffron town of Pampore was completely submerged in water. The bunds of river Jhelum, roads, scores residential houses, court complex, PDD receiving station, schools, Sericulture office, orchards and paddy fields suffered heavy damages in the devastating floods.

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