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DC Srinagar Reviews Irrigation & Encroachment Measures; Emphasizes Timely Project Completion and Strict Enforcement

Calls for Firm Action Against Encroachments on Water Bodies, Adherence to Dredging Guidelines

SRINAGAR, JULY 6: On Saturday, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Dr. Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat, convened a meeting with officers from the Irrigation & Flood Control Department to review and expedite ongoing and planned irrigation projects.
The DC also assessed measures to address encroachments along water bodies and irrigation canals. He underscored the critical need for timely completion of irrigation projects to ensure efficient water management and support agricultural activities in the district.
Dr. Bhat emphasized strict action against encroachments to protect water bodies and irrigation channels. He stated that effective irrigation management is crucial for the district’s agricultural prosperity, and all projects must be completed on time without any encroachments hindering water flow.
DC Srinagar urged the Irrigation and Flood Control Department to collaborate closely with the Revenue Department to conduct a fresh assessment within the stipulated time. He highlighted the necessity of adhering to the CPWRS guidelines regarding dredging activities.
The DC instructed departments to maintain transparency in their operations and ensure that all utilization certificates are up-to-date and submitted as required by authorities.
Earlier in the meeting, the DC was informed about the removal of various encroachments, including 518 Kucha Pucca structures, 103 boundary walls, and 5,180 trees in different parts of the district.
Regarding dredging, the DC was informed that dredging of the entire Jhelum River was completed under FMP Phase I, and no further dredging is permissible under CPWRS guidelines. The utilization certificate for Rs 413 crore has been submitted and will be resubmitted if required by the Honorable Court.
A fresh assessment is to be carried out by the Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department in coordination with the Revenue Department within 10 to 15 days, the chair was informed.
The meeting was attended by Chief Planning Officer Srinagar, Fayaz Ahmad Dar, officers of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, concerned Tehsildars, and other officials.

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