Srinagar, Feb 10: The state government is yet to initiate the second phase of dredging on river Jhelum even though Centre had released Rs 399 crore for the project three years before.
After devastating 2014 flood, Centre in February 2016 sanctioned Rs 399 crores Jammu and Kashmir for dredging of rivers to enhance their carrying capacity and to prevent flood like situation.
The dredging of the River Jhelum was scheduled in two phases. Phase-I of the project was initiated in north and central Kashmir by a Kolkata based firm Reach Dredging Limited.
Irrigation and Flood Control Department (I&FC) paid Rs 20 crore to the firm, which later monitoring sub-committee disengaged from the project after failing to meet multiple deadlines including March 2018.
While department claims the first phase in Srinagar was completed and almost 80 per cent dredging work was covered in north Kashmir , the process to initiate Phase II has not been set into motion yet.
“The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project is in the process and phase II will hopefully start in mid-2019. We are currently on job for approval of the project,” Chief Engineer I&FC A K Sharma said.
He blamed the harsh weather condition in winters for delay in the completion of the project. “Due to the rains and snow, dredging cannot be done. We need to wait till this rainy season is over.”
For phase I, the deadline was initially set as January 2017 but the government later extended it to December 2017 after suspension of work due to 2016 unrest.
The incomplete project is being flayed by the experts who claim that many areas of the valley were still vulnerable to floods.
“Dredging was meant to remove deposition of sand and silt in the river, which still has not been done properly. Even normal rainfall can trigger flood like situation in the valley due to the less carrying capacity of the rivers,” Environmentalist Dr Arshid said.
Mirwaiz seeks shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to valley jails
Srinagar, Feb 21 : After killing of a Pakistani prisoner in Jaipur jail, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday sought the shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to Kashmiri jails from other states of India saying that the families of prisoners locked up in “Indian jails” are worried about their safety.
Taking to micro blogging social networking site twitter Mirwaiz wrote, “After the condemnable killing of Pakistani prisoner by his inmates in #JaipurJail,Kashmiri inmates in jails across India are unsafe,their families are worried and demand their immediate shifting to Kashmir jails. Authorities should pay heed & do the needful to ensure their safety.”
Dialogue only way to solve Kashmir issue: Mehbooba Mufti
Jammu, Feb 20: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said that dialogue is the only way to solve Kashmir issue and save the people of Kashmir. She said, “In these times only illiterate people can talk about war.
Both countries are nuclear powers and when they have the option of dialogue to solve the issue, I don’t think the question of war arises and when there’s no war there’s no question of retaliation.”
Mehbooba Mufti said that the proof of Pakistani links to the Pulwama attack should be given to Islamabad as sought by its Prime Minister Imran Khan “to see what they do”.
Speaking to the media here, she said: “It is true that whether it was Pathankot attack or Mumbai attack they (Pakistan) were given proof but they did not take action. But because Imran Khan is a new PM and he is talking about a new start, he should be given a chance. We should give proof and see what they do.”
Hitting out at the government’s move to withdraw the security of separatist leaders, Mehbooba called it a ‘childish act’.
“This is a childish act. The government should find a solution to this problem. Withdrawing the security of four people is no big deal and that too which they had not asked for. The government had given them the security and has now itself taken it away,” she added.
The Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew security of separatist leaders, including All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on February 17 in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Other leaders whose security has been withdrawn include Shabir Shah, Abdul Ghani Bhat andÂ Bilal Lone.
Moreover, the PDP leader also claimed that Pakistan itself has many problems and in such a situation a dialogue between the two countries will be beneficial for both sides. While saying that talks will be good for Pakistan, she emphasised: “It will be good for Pakistan’s prosperity.”
“Pakistan itself has a lot of problems, in such a situation if both the nations reconcile and discuss things it will be beneficial for both sides. I believe that we can have a dialogue even after a war. If we have to save Jammu and Kashmir and its people then dialogue is the only way. War is not a solution to any problem,” the PDP leader added.
Elaborating further she said if Pakistan is influencing the youth of Kashmir it is unfortunate and is a reflection of our failure.
“It is unfortunate if we say that the neighbouring country is able to enter our country and indoctrinate our youth.Â It is possible that there may have been some shortcoming on our part, our previous government’s part. There has to be a reason as to why our youth gets influenced by those people. It is possible that they don’t feel a part of us,” Mufti added.
On the issue of Article 370 of the Constitution, she asserted: “If that is removed then no one in Kashmir will have a reason to hold the Indian tricolour.”
Substantiating her stance she recalled the conditions of alliance with the BJP in Kashmir. She claimed that it was decided that the government will hold talks with the separatists and with Pakistan.
“Our agenda of alliance with the BJP was very clear that they will initiate talks with Pakistan and the separatists in Kashmir like Vajpayee did. This is no secret. I don’t know why are they sosurprised today,” she said.
Attempts being made to disrupt peace in J&K: DGP
Jammu, Feb 20: Director General of police Dilbag Singh on Wednesday said that attempts are being made to disrupt peace and order in the state,
“Pakistan is making attempts to disrupt the peace and order in the state but like past their attempts are bound to fail,” he said while addressing Darbar of trainees at Sher-i-Kashmir Police Academy, Udhampur.
DGP in his address impressed upon the officers and other personnel to be prepared for the future contingencies and said that we need to put all resources to use to create a secure environment in the state. He said that
He emphasized upon them to have proactive approach to their training and be focused keeping in mind the organizational goals.
He said training of mind, soul and body is holistic achievements of the training goals.
He exhorted upon the trainees to be prepared for all eventualities they might face after the training.
He directed the training staff to sensitize the trainees for their role after the training and added that they must be trained keeping in view multiple challenges the force is facing in the state. “We must learn from Pulwama incident and be resilient in our approach” DGP advised the trainees.
DGP impressed upon the trainees to increase the level of patience and competence while dealing with different situations and said that they always need to be motivated physically and mentally. He said that as responsible members of force we need to strike balance between family and professional life.
DGP advised the trainees to develop their interest in IT and computers for achievements in smart policing goals. He said that we have to excel in different fields of policing to provide better services to the people. DGP later reviewed different facilities being provided to the trainees in the academy.
The DGP was briefed about the functioning of the academy by the Director SKPA, M. Sulaiman Salaria. He informed that the batches are in advance stage of training. He also highlighted the requirements of the academy.
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