Government of Jammu and Kashmir would work out a comprehensive flood protection programme with the Union Government to tame all major rivers including Jhelum, Chenab, Ujh and Tawi, this was stated by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday while talking to flood affected people at Chang Ghatti in Kathua, Barota in Samba, Makwal in Jammu, Jordian and Bakore in Akhnoor, Majalta in Udhampur.
Omar was on his visit to these areas in the districts of Kathua, Udhampur, Samba and Jammu to receive first hand appraisal of the damages caused by the floods in these areas.
The move is aimed to relieve the people of the repeated devastation caused by these rivers year after year in the State.
“There is a need of formulating a well-drafted holistic plan to tame these and rivers and ensure protection from floods”, Omar said maintaining that the State Government would seek liberal Central assistance in the implementation of this stupendous programme.
During the visit, Omar also had aerial appraisal of various other flood-hit areas in these districts. The Chief Minister assured the people of all possible help from the State Government and said that he has already directed the administration to formulate damage assessment reports. He said the administration has also been sensitized about the promptness regarding rescue, relief and rehabilitation of affected families.