The District Development Commissioner(DDC), Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, today directed the concerned authorities to expedite the work on the breached spot on the Sindh Extension Canal at Malshahibagh in Ganderbal.
The DDC gave these directions, during his visit to the breached spot which resulted from sloughing in last December and affected the 6.8 MGD Alasteng WTP, which supplies water to several areas in the north of Srinagar and various parts of Ganderbal district.
Pertinently, the portable water is supplied to 15 lakh people of Srinagar district and about 1 lakh souls of Ganderbal district besides several Hectares of agricultural land is also dependent on the same canal for irrigation.
The ADC, Farooq Ahmad Baba and Executive Engineer, I&FC, Ganderbal accompanied the DDC.
On the occasion, the DDC took stock of the ongoing repairing work on the breached spot. He was briefed about the excavation plan and current progress on the repair work.
To ensure that the affected areas receive adequate drinking water supply, the DC directed the concerned to ensure sufficient rows of temporary pipes are laid bypassing the damaged spot.
The concerned authorities also raised the issue of material supply and issuance of movement passes to the workers for which the DDC asked the Executive Engineer to send list of workers to the DC office for issuance of necessary passes.
Keeping in view the current Kharief season, the DDC directed the Executive Engineer I&FC, Ganderbal to expedite the work by engaging more men and machinery and charge the canal at the earliest.