Govt to start demolition drive on flood channels

KL Report

SRINAGAR

After the flood threat which sent shock waves across Kashmir valley, the government has approved a demolition drive against the illegal encroachments which continues to block the flood channel spill since years.

Talking to KNS, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Javed Jaffer said that government would kick start the demolition drive against the illegal constructions- raised on flood channels to pave ways for the flow of waters easily from South Kashmir to the north in Wullar.

“I can tell you that the process has already been started and we are on it. There has been minor issue as the people who had encroached the river banks claim it as their own property. We have raised this issue with the DCs of various districts so the claims of people could be verified,” Jaffer told KNS.

“By next month, the demolition drive would be started as other formalities have been completed,” he added.

Pertinently, the government has been pitching for the removal of the illegal structures that have been constructed along the river banks and flood channels at various areas of south, central and north Kashmir.

On Thursday, the senior cabinet minister in the PDP-BJP coalition Naeem Akhtar said the government is committed to remove the illegal constructions that have become the major reason for the flood threats across Kashmir valley.

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