Srinagar, March 29 : Residents of Drungbal area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district Tuesday expressed serious concern over what they termed different attitude of authorities who are monitoring dredging work of Jhelum River.
The locals said the dredging work – which is being carried out in wake of September 2014 floods – of Jhelum is not being carried out properly and the machinery employed in the work is also not upto the mark. They said the concerned agency involved in the dredging work is engaged in de-silting River along the embankments instead of dredging in the centre.
“The concerned officials have failed to monitor the dredging work here. If government has allotted funds to dredge the river Jhelum than the dredging work should be carried out properly. The agency which has been alloted the work is not doing its job seriously,” the residents told media persons.
They said the the way the dredging work is done can have negative and serious consequences on the residential localities. “The machinery involved in the work only dredges the muck on peripheries thereby destroying the embankments and the plantation on it. If this is what they have to do then it is better to stop this work. At least the plantation and embankments would be saved,” they said.
The residents demanded that the ongoing work should be monitored by the senior officials so that it serves any purpose. “What purpose can dredging serve when only embankments are destroyed. It can have serious consequences in future,” the residents added and appealed the higher officials of Irrigation and Flood Control Department to seriously take up the issue said that the funds allotted for the said work should not go waste. (GNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch