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Govt Sits on Jhelum Dredging, Strengthening of Embankments

Posted on December 18, 2015

By Arif Shafi Wani, Greater Kashmir

Inordinate delay by the State Government to undertake dredging of river Jhelum and strengthening of its embankments has evoked resentment among stakeholders and even prompted environmentalists to sound caution about imminent flood threat to the summer capital in coming years.

Incessant rains in September last year led to abrupt rise in water levels of Jhelum— submerging habitations on both sides of its embankments. The water level in Jhelum broke all records crossing 33-feet at Sangam in Anantnag and 23-feet at Ram Munshibagh. At least 2.61 lakh structures including residential houses were damaged — 21,485 of them completely—in the devastating deluge. Srinagar bore the brunt of the floods which devastated most of the habitations on both sides of Jhelum.


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