People demands its complete fencing
BARAMULLA: The unfenced water canal feeding Lower Jhelum Hydroelectric Project (LJHEP) in Boniyar Tehsil of Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district is a big threat for thousands of people living in the area, which many accidently falling into the canal with several deaths also occurring along its course.
Local people of the area said that seven Kilometer long, around 25 feet deep water canal starting from Gantamulla Colony to Bimyar village is completely without fence and already killed many in accidents and despite dozens of requests and communications with concern authorities LJHEP no attention towards it has put the lives of people in risk.
Manzoor Ahmad a local said that there was complete fencing on both sides of the canal in the past, but from the past several decades all the fencing got damaged and the concerned authorities salvaged what was left.
While domestic animals drown frequently in the canal, a large number of people have lost their lives.
Abdul Qayoom Khan another local said that despite the fact the canal is underground at many places, the open spots are completely un fenced which is a big threat for the overall people of the area.
Recently a non local youth who was at his relatives in Bimyar village drowned into the canal along with his motorcycle because there was no fence or boundary wall at the accident site.
“Later the locals staged a protest and blocked the Srinagar Uri road calling for fencing on both sides of the canal,”he said.
Not only the main water canal, it’s sub canals through which authorities divert water towards the river Jehlum as per need, are also without fence,
An officer of the LJHP said that they have already forwarded their report regarding fencing to the government and once we get a nod, we will start the fencing of the canal.