Reach Dredging Private Limited (RDL), a Kolkata-based firm dredging the River Jehlum, has assured that the pending work will be completed as per the deadline set by the state government.
Pertinently, minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Chaudary Sham Lal recently informed the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly that as part of flood prevention measure around 10.90 lakh cusec mtr de-silting has already been done in Jhelum between Srinagar- Baramulla till Dec 2017. The minister was replying to a question by PDP MLA Mohammad Ashraf Mir.
He said, “To augment the dredging activities after the 2014 floods the department of Irrigation and Flood Control outsourced dredging work in Baramulla and Srinagar to M/s Reach Dredging Ltd, Kolkata, who have dredged out a quantity of 5.06 lakh cusec mtr and 5.084 lakh cusec mtr respectively in these reaches till December 2017.”
Meanwhile Executive Engineer Irrigation and Flood control (I&FC) Baramullah, GM Gannai who is on job to monitor the dredging process in North Kashmir has said that the toughest portion between two bridges in Sopore has been dredged on war footing basis using excavator on pontoons. He said, “In-between the two bridges of Sopore was a difficult area for the dredging as there was silt sand boulders beneath in the river. We used excavator on pontoons for the dredging here and by now more than 60 percent work has been completed here.”
“The work from Sopore to Khadniyar is also going in a full swing. Dredging has also been started several other places on Jehlum in North Kashmir,” he added.
Pertinently, the administration has asked the Reach Dredging Limited to enhance its pace of the work particularly in the downstream of the area, so that the project would help to increase the carrying capacity of the river.
When contacted, Sunil Patwari, CEO Reach said that company is sure of meeting the deadline set by the state government. He said that additional machinery and the manpower have been engaged on the sites to increase the pace. He said the dry weather is also helping to continue the work at full pace.