Mapping, demarcation of Jehlum, Tawi flood basins;Adv Bhatnagar reviews progress of preliminary work
Jammu, Feb 17:
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today reviewed the
progress of preliminary work for the mapping and demarcation of flood basins
along Jehlum and Tawi rivers, here in a meeting at Civil Secretariat.
The meeting was
attended by Commissioner Secretary, Jal Shakti, I&FC, A.K. Sahu; Chief
Engineer I&FC, Kashmir, MM Shahnawaz; Chief Engineer I&FC, Jammu, Ashok
Sharma; Director CWC, Jammu, S.K Sharma and other officials of the concerned
The Advisor stressed
upon the officials to expedite the preliminary works for the mapping of river
basins and catchment areas to save human inhabitations from flood water by
devising an effective action plan.
discussed several scientific measures for reducing the
risk in flood prone areas.
directed the officials to work out plans for risk reduction, risk
communication, besides other preventive measures in a coordinated manner. He
said it would help to develop a reliable flood warning system.
underscored the need for full utilization of the material regarding mitigation
measures to minimize the flood risks and impacts.
The Advisor asked
the officials to prepare action plan for upcoming peak discharge season of
rivers (summer and monsoon) to facilitate de-silting of the river beds through
dredging within stipulated time frame.
The meeting was
informed that several dredgers have been imported to carry out necessary
dredging in the river beds.
Secretary, Jal Shakti, I&FC, AK Sahu, informed the meeting that it is
mandatory to declare Floor Basin of rivers under Jammu & Kashmir Water
Resources (Regulation & Management) Act, 2010, adding that flood management
is very critical issue in J&K as the place is prone to severe floods like
that of 2014.